Notebook: Mark Hendrickson returns to camp after daughter's birth

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Orioles left-hander Mark Hendrickson returned to camp on Saturday after joining his wife, Cortney, for the birth of the couple's third child back home in York, Pa.

Hendrickson missed the child's birth -- he was standing in the line at the airport for a 6 a.m. flight on Wednesday while his wife was in labor, video chatting with her she was in the delivery room -- but was in the air when the baby, which they named Sophia Joy, was delivered.

"I was in line at Southwest and kept the volume down because I was like, "Alright, I'm sure she doesn't want people to see what's going on.' All of a sudden I get on the plane and the wi-fi doesn't work and all of a sudden I get a picture of mommy and baby. I was like alright, that's a cool photo."

Hendrickson, who was signed to a minor league deal and is testing a new sidearm delivery, was scheduled to pitch Wednesday, so he hasn't pitched in eight days. His last outing came against the Boston Red Sox on March 15, when he threw a scoreless inning in relief.

Tillman shifted

Chris Tillman, originally set to make his first Grapefruit League appearance since March 3 on Sunday, will now instead start in a minor league game at Twin Lakes Park on that day.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said pitching Tillman, who is recovering from abdominal soreness, in a non-gate game would allow the Orioles to backdate Tillman if he needs to open the season on the 15-day disabled list.

The Orioles aren't worried that will happen -- Showalter said Tillman has had no setbacks -- but the precautionary move would let the Orioles activate Tillman off the DL at any point since he wouldn't have pitched in a big league spring game in nearly a month when the season opens.

Around the horn

Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman will get one more big league spring start. He's scheduled to start Tuesday's game against the Twins in Fort Myers. ... Left-hander T.J. McFarland will start Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox. It will be his first start of the spring. ... Right-hander Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless eighth inning Saturday in his first appearance since returning from the World Baseball Classic. ... Right-hander Steve Johnson is scheduled to start Wednesday's night home game against the Yankees. ... The next round of cuts is expected to be made Sunday morning before the team heads to Bradenton to play the Pirates.

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