A few things from Buck Showalter's pre-game press conference:

Derrek Lee is expected to miss Friday, Saturday and Sunday while attending his grandfather's funeral Friday in California.


He likely will be put on baseball's bereavement list, allowing the Orioles to recall a player from the minors to temporarily take his place. A player on the list must miss at least three days, meaning that if Lee is placed on the list on by noon Thursday, an off day, he could return by Sunday if he chooses.

"Derrek, he stays as long as he feels he needs to," Showalter said.

The Orioles likely would call up a position player to replace Lee. First baseman Brandon Snyder, who is on the 40-man roster and has already been with the Orioles this season, is the likely choice. The club has an open spot on its 40-man roster if wants to add someone else.

Second baseman Brian Roberts is expected to stop by Camden Yards at some point Wednesday, and Showalter said he hopes to speak to him. Roberts, on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion, learned Tuesday that he'll have to wait another two weeks before he can resume baseball activities.

Showalter said, to his knowledge, he does not believe slumping right fielder Nick Markakis is dealing with an injury. Markakis is hitting .236 on the season, is 5-for-40 in his past 10 games and hasn't had an extra-base hit since May 15 -- a span of 84 at-bats.

"It's easy to say yes, he's right. But if there was something wrong, Nicky, he wouldn't tell anybody for the most part," Showalter said. "We had one night here where he got two hits and had a big game and we found out afterwards he had a 100-degree temperature a la Dirk Nowitzki, but he doesn't have to play once every three or four days like some of those guys.

"I am answering honestly, I think he is fine. I know he does a lot of extra work. He is doing all the things he can do, in some cases maybe too much. But you are never going to take the want-to out of that with Nick. He's got too much of it going on. He's a guy you trust, you trust with a lot of things. And he'll figure it out, along with some help. I know we've had a lot of time and effort spent addressing it, a lot for his needs as much as anything."

Showalter said righty Chris Jakubauskas, who threw five scoreless innings, could be used out of the bullpen Saturday. The Orioles do not need a fifth starter again until June 18 at Washington. The Orioles have not announced whether Jakubauskas will get that start, but it seems likely.