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Orioles notes: Ubaldo Jimenez returns, Hunter Harvey's surgery goes well

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is back with the Orioles after his wife gave birth to the couple's first child, Jimenvi, on Saturday.

And he'll be back in the rotation Thursday.

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The team activated Jimenez from the three-day paternity list and designated outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment to make room. Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim was also activated from the disabled list, but another roster move wasn't needed because the team optioned outfielder Dariel Alvarez to Triple-A Norfolk after Monday's game.

Jimenez has not pitched for the Orioles since July 8, when he gave up five runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels. He had been on the active roster until he went on the paternity list Saturday, when his wife went into labor almost a month early.

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"It's been pretty rough," Jimenez said. "You never know what's going to happen when your wife goes into labor. You have to wait a long time, and there's a lot of things you aren't sure about, especially doing it for the first time. It's tiring. You don't sleep a lot. But it's a wonderful experience."

After a 20-day layoff, Jimenez will now prepare to start on the road Thursday against the Minnesota Twins in a one-game makeup of an earlier rainout. At the same time, Jimenez's name has been included in trade rumors. The right-hander is 5-9 with a 7.38 ERA this season. He said he has been too busy with taking care of his daughter to hear any of the reports.

"You know, rumors are going to be rumored," Jimenez said. "If something is going to happen, you never know, you have to be ready for whenever. But I'm part of the team and I'm looking forward to being there."

Harvey's surgery successful

Pitching prospect Hunter Harvey's road to recovery has restarted again with Tommy John elbow reconstruction Tuesday. Dr. Donald D'Alessandro performed the surgery on Harvey's ulnar collateral ligament in Charlotte, N.C.

Showalter heard from director of player development Brian Graham — who talked to Harvey's father, Bryan — that the surgery went smoothly.

"About as well as could be expected," Showalter said. "There were some good things they found in there that they think will help him manage well. Both ends were strong, just kind of some of the area in between they replaced."

Myriad injuries have stymied Harvey's young career, limiting him to 30 appearances in his four years as a professional. Arm soreness, a hairline fracture in his shin and a sports hernia have sidelined Harvey at different points since his first full professional season in 2014.

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Harvey has experienced recurring arm soreness since going pro — twice shutting him down for the season and most recently showing the need for the surgery.

"I think it bodes well," Showalter said. "They were really pleased with what they found, which gave legitimacy to some of the stuff that he had been experiencing but not to the degree that you really worry about it. So he's in a good position now. He's on his way."

Recovery from the surgery takes at least 12 months, so the Orioles hope to see him in a game again late next season.

If there's one factor that can bring the organization comfort, it's that the Orioles have gone through this before, with oft-injured pitcher Dylan Bundy now an important member of the pitching staff. Showalter made the comparison between the two, with their history of arm problems and statuses as former first-round high school draft picks. Bundy underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013 and joined the Orioles starting rotation on July 17.

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