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Orioles notes: Left-hander T.J. McFarland leaves start for Triple-A Norfolk with knee injury

Left-hander T.J. McFarland, who was making his third start since being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, left with an apparent injury after the first inning of the Tides' game Friday at Syracuse.

Showalter said McFarland suffered a knee injury while covering home plate in the first inning. McFarland finished the inning, but did not return for the second. Showalter said head trainer Richie Bancells would get an update when the Tides' game ended.

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"If T.J. McFarland had to leave the game, we take it that it's probably serious," Showalter said. "I don't know if it's precautionary or what. T.J's a guy, he's a pretty healthy guy. Richie came in and told me he had to leave the game with an injury covering home plate. He just talked briefly to the trainer there."

McFarland had allowed one earned run on 12 hits over 13 innings in his previous two starts there. Showalter had mentioned him as a starting option as the Orioles face a packed schedule in June.

Reimold looks ahead: Rare is the athlete who admits to looking ahead, but for outfielder Nolan Reimold, it's helped him get engaged. The platoon outfielder has started each of the Orioles' games against left-handers, and admitted Friday to scanning through the list of future starters to see when the Orioles face another.

"If it's a lefty, I've been in there so far, so I assume when I see a lefty that I'll be in there," said Reimold, who started Friday against Angels left-hander Hector Santiago. "I know to prepare every day like I'm in there, because you never know, but yeah, I do that. I flip ahead a little bit."

How far ahead? "However far away they've got it posted," Reimold said.

Even as he breaks the cardinal rule of sports by looking ahead, it's been a nice season for Reimold. He's batting .327/.373/.545 with three home runs in 23 games (15 starts), though he has as many hits (nine) against lefties as he does against righties this season.

Around the horn: Outfielder Mark Trumbo said he had about 40 friends and family coming to the game Friday. Trumbo, a former Angel, grew up in Anaheim and spends his offseasons in the area.

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