The Orioles aren't necessarily ready to put Vladimir Guerrero on the 15-disabled list with a cracked bone in his right hand, but things aren't looking particularly good.

Guerrero took early batting practice on Friday and had to stop because of continual discomfort.


"We had to not put him in the lineup, obviously," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It becomes a decision now how long we can or will wait. I think the second X-ray we took yesterday, there's a small crack there."

Guerrero was hit in the right hand by a pitch from the Boston Red Sox's Kyle Weiland in the fifth inning Sunday and left the game. Initial X-rays were negative, but more tests Thursday showed a small crack in a bone just below his wrist.

"Guys have played with it, if there's not a possibility of hurting it more," Showalter said. "It's a matter of when the discomfort goes away, if it does."

Showalter said Guerrero would meet with team physician Dr. John Wilckens later Friday to discuss whether more tests will be needed. Showalter will speak with team president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail about their options with Guerrero. But if he is not available for a couple of days -- and it sounds like he may not be -- then he could be placed on the disabled list.

By the way, Showalter briefly discussed his automatic one-game suspension yesterday stemming from the bean-brawl incidents in Boston last weekend and the fact Boston manager Terry Francona was not disciplined.

"Good for Terry. Saved him some money. … Nobody ever said baseball is fair. It's pretty obvious we took the short end of it."

Here's tonight's lineup against the Indians: Hardy 6, Markakis 9, Jones 8, Wieters 2, Lee 3, Reynolds 5, Reimold DH, Pie 7, Andino 4, Arrieta 1.