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Bud Norris could be scratched this series

Bud Norris of the Baltimore Orioles reacts after Carlos Beltran of the New York Yankees hit a solo home run in the fourth inning on May 10, 2015 at Yankee Stadium.
Bud Norris of the Baltimore Orioles reacts after Carlos Beltran of the New York Yankees hit a solo home run in the fourth inning on May 10, 2015 at Yankee Stadium. (Elsa / Getty Images)

Right-hander Bud Norris, who was supposed to start Saturday versus the Los Angeles Angels, may get skipped this weekend because of the recurrence of flu-like symptoms that he tried to fight through Sunday.

Manager Buck Showalter said Norris (1-4, 9.88 ERA) played in the Orioles' annual golf tournament Thursday afternoon, but then became ill while with a friend at dinner later that night. Norris was expected to come to Camden Yards Friday to see team doctors, but he was going to wait until the team was on the field.

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"Pretty good chance it's contagious, so [he's coming] just to see the doctor," Showalter said. "His start [Saturday] might be in jeopardy. We're making plans because of the off-days."

The Orioles were off Thursday and will be again Monday, allowing the team to juggle its rotation. Norris could be pushed back to the Seattle series or be skipped one full turn.

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If Norris doesn't pitch this weekend, Ubaldo Jimenez, who was slated to start Sunday, would pitch Saturday night and Southern California native Chris Tillman would take on the Angels in Sunday's series finale. Tillman is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts against the team he grew up cheering.

Norris has also fared well against the Angels over the years; he is 4-0 with a 0.43 in six starts against them. Jimenez is 0-4 with a 6.12 ERA in four starts versus the Angels.

Norris dealt with a similar virus last weekend and tried to pitch through it. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed four runs at Yankee Stadium.

In other Orioles news:

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* Catcher Matt Wieters (right elbow) and second baseman Jonathan Schoop (right knee) will both join the Orioles to work out with the team during their trip to Miami, which begins May 22. The hope, Showalter said, is that both will then leave the club and begin injury rehabilitation assignments at minor league affiliates.

Showalter said Wieters, who is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list June 4, has a better chance of going right to a rehab assignment after leaving Miami. The manager still thinks the catcher, who took batting practice Friday in Sarasota, Fla., and has been catching games in extended spring, can be back in the big leagues when eligible.

"I can tell by watching some of the games [on video] he's gearing up a little bit. You can tell he feels pretty good about how he feels right now," Showalter said. "Whether he catches back-to-back, that might be up here. I'm not real sure about how long that might last if he goes out after Miami. I'm hoping it's [June 4]."

Schoop probably will be behind Wieters in his return to the majors. He is expected to begin baseball activities Saturday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list April 18.

* Infielder Everth Cabrera (left foot) begins his rehab assignment for Triple-A Norfolk in Indianapolis on Friday. He'll bat leadoff and play second base for the Tides. He is eligible to come off the DL on May 22, the first game in Miami.

* Right-hander Jason Garcia (right shoulder) has arrived in Sarasota to begin working with the training staff there.

* Here are the Friday lineups:

Angels: Calhoun 9, Trout 8, Pujols 3, Freese 5, Aybar 6, Giavotella 4, Perez 2, Cron DH, Cowgill 7. Weaver 1.

Orioles: Machado 5, De Aza 7, Paredes DH, Jones 8, Davis 3, Young 9, Hardy 6, Navarro 4, Joseph 2. Chen 1.

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