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Orioles morning wrap: Short bullpen could be short term; Jimmy Paredes heating up again

The Orioles survived Friday's 4-3 win with a six-man bullpen, but it doesn't seem like they plan on being short on relievers for long.

A decision will be made Saturday on whether to place Adam Jones on the disabled list, and the club could replace him with a bullpen arm.

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They could even bring back left-hander T.J. McFarland -- who was optioned before Friday's game to make 25-man roster space for Wei-Yin Chen – to get around him serving his mandatory 10-day minor league option window.

"You look at everything day by day, especially the position we're in," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Nobody wanted to send Mac out. The way it will all shake out probably is not apparent today. … If Adam comes in tomorrow and is sore with the throwing he did today, we have a pretty good idea of the direction that's going if he comes in tomorrow and he's healthy. We could DL somebody and get somebody right back.

"It's not comfortable having that conversation with T.J. He's been key in three or four games for us already, a difference-maker. He'll be back. And we will be at seven pitchers at some point, hopefully soon."

-- Designated hitter Jimmy Paredes is getting hot again. He was 3-for-4 on Friday night with two doubles and two runs scored. His eighth-inning leadoff double might have been the biggest hit of the game because it put the eventual game-winning run in scoring position one pitch into the inning.

Paredes has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, hitting .436/.425/.641 over that span. That's coming after a rough patch in which Paredes went 2-for-32 and saw his batting average drop 55 points in a nine-game stretch.

"Jimmy's slashing and getting after it every day," Showalter said. "He never has an off day engaged and being ready. He's not going to let this opportunity get away from him. His intensity level every at-bat is the same. He goes through periods when he gets selective. He's a hard guy to pitch to when you think about it. You don't sit there in one spot with one speed on him. People know about him and he's still doing it. That's what's impressive."

Other notable nuggets:

-- J.J. Hardy has hit safely in 19 of his past 22 games against the Indians, hitting .309/.367/.420 (25-for-81) with two homers and 11 RBIs. Hardy is a career.295/.344/.403 hitter against Cleveland.

-- When Carlos Santana hit a game-tying solo homer off Orioles right-hander Darren O'Day, it snapped O'Day's season-high 15-game homerless streak.

-- Even though he received the closer job in May of last year, Zach Britton recorded his 59th career save and is one shy of Dick Hall for eighth place on the franchise's all-time saves list.

-- Chris Davis, who made his first start in right field since 2012 on Friday, has a six-game hitting streak after driving in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the eighth. Davis has hit safely in 12 of his past 16 games, hitting .298/.412/.474 (17-for-57) with 10 RBIs.

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