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Orioles tidbits: Hunter, Tillman, Izturis, Bordick, Connor, Reyes

Some Orioles tidbits:

Tommy Hunter left the club on Thursday to fly to Baltimore. He will make his first start in an Orioles uniform on Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays and lefty Brad Mills.

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Chris Tillman will get the start Saturday against right-hander Brandon Morrow. Tillman, who was sent down to Triple-A after a spot start Saturday afternoon in Yankee Stadium, can be recalled only if he is replacing an injured player. So Jake Arrieta (bone spur in elbow) is expected to be placed on the DL when Tillman is recalled.

Infielder Cesar Izturis (right elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Friday. He recently finished a rehab stint with Double-A Bowie in which he batted .240 in seven games. He had six hits, including a double, in 25 at-bats with three RBIs and three runs. He'll return to a utility role while Josh Bell or Blake Davis is returned to Triple-A Norfolk.

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Orioles roving instructor Mike Bordick will serve as the club's bullpen coach for the coming homestand, replacing interim coach Don Werner, who will return to instructing the minor league catchers. Bordick makes sense as a fill-in, Showalter said, because he'll already be in Baltimore for his induction into the Orioles' Hall of Fame on Aug.13. Someone else will likely serve as interim bullpen coach for the following road trip until the coaching staff expands in September.

Former Orioles pitching coach Mark Connor, who resigned June 13, has re-joined the Texas Rangers as a minor league pitching consultant, the post he held in 2010. The Orioles could have prohibited him from coaching anywhere through the 2012 season but granted the Rangers permission. The Rangers granted the Orioles permission to interview Connor and current first base coach Wayne Kirby last winter. MLB.com first reported Connor's agreement with the Rangers.

Lefty Jo-Jo Reyes will have a strange reunion this weekend when the Orioles play the Blue Jays. The Orioles claimed him on waivers Tuesday from Toronto. He became the 18th player to make his Orioles debut this season and 903rd in team history.

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