BALTIMORE - The Orioles were busy with roster moves Thursday before and during their doubleheader with Pittsburgh.
Infielder Steve Lombardozzi was sent to Class-AAA Norfolk to make room for third baseman Manny Machado on the 25-man roster. Lombardozzi batted .292 in 19 games for Baltimore, but manager Buck Showalter said he thinks the move means his club has depth on its side.
"I think one mistake managers or front offices make sometime is thinking that players don't know," Showalter said. "They know the math. They know somebody's going. I'd like to say it's tougher on me, but it probably isn't in the whole scheme of things. It's tough. Lombo's presented himself well and will again."
Machado wasn't in the lineup for Game 1, but Showalter said he wasn't planning to throw his All-Star into a situation like Thursday's for his first big-league action since injuring his knee last September. Steve Pearce, re-signed after rejecting a waiver claim, started at first base in Game 1 and Ryan Flaherty was a third.
"I made sure that he knew we weren't going to play him 18 innings," Showalter said about Machado. "I just don't think that's very smart."
Left-handed relief pitcher Troy Patton returned from his 25-game suspension (amphetamine use) Thursday and the Orioles made room for him by outrighting pitcher Josh Stinson to Class-AAA Norfolk. Showalter said Stinson, who has allowed nine runs in 11 1-3 innings in seven appearances this season, already cleared waivers.
Patton made 58 appearances in 2013 and went 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA.
ON THE MEND: First baseman Chris Davis received injections of plasma Monday in an effort to quicken his recovery from a strained left oblique. Davis said he thinks he's a fast healer, and that the injections should help.
He went on the 15-day disabled list last weekend, but obliques tend to take some time to heal.
RAIN KINGS: The Orioles' game against Tampa Bay that was postponed April 15 because of rain is reset for June 27 at 1:05 p.m., the first game of a doubleheader that day. Baltimore had consecutive games rained out this week, the first time that has happened since April 13-14, 2004, in Boston.
EARLY ODDS AND ENDS: The Orioles are now 2 for 2 in challenges this year after Showalter asked for a replay in the second inning. Home plate umpire Pat Hoberg tagged Bud Norris hitting Tony Sanchez, but replays showed the ball glanced off the knob of his bat. ... The Orioles won their first game of the year when committing an error. Baltimore was 0-7 before its 5-1 win Thursday afternoon. ... The game included a 21-minute rain delay in the top of the fifth inning.