With the Orioles immersed in a problematic roster crunch, manager Buck Showalter said Saturday will be the cut-off for determining whether the team will place center fielder Adam Jones on the disabled list.

Since injuring his right shoulder on June 15 attempting to make a diving play, Jones has missed eight of the Orioles' past 10 games, including a fifth straight game in Friday's series opener against the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards.

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Jones took a step forward before Friday's game, testing his shoulder by throwing for the first time in a week. Jones hadn't thrown since last Friday, when was scheduled to start in center in Toronto but felt pain in the shoulder after throwing and was shifted to designated hitter.

"He felt good," Showalter said of Jones' throwing session Friday. "See how he feels tomorrow and if he doesn't have the soreness he experienced last time, then he should be ready to go very shortly. It's kind of a process we have to go through with him. Obviously, he's worth waiting on. … I'm not ready to throw a blanket on Adam just because it's a convenient move. He's too valuable."

If Jones doesn't recover well from Friday's throwing session, he will likely go on the DL on Saturday.

"If he comes in and he's not as good as he was today or better, if he's sore from what he did today, we'll probably DL him," Showalter said. "But I liked where we were today with him. And he is different. You do buy some time to get six days. You don't want to DL him and in two days he's ready to go. He means a lot to us."

Placing Jones on the DL could be part of a corresponding move to activate Jonathan Schoop from the DL this weekend, Showalter said.

If Jones ends up on the shelf, it will be his first DL stint since the end of the 2009 season. He would be backdated to Sunday, so he will be eligible to return July 6 when the Orioles open a three-game series in Minnesota.

First-round pick Stewart agrees to terms

The Orioles have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick DJ Stewart, an industry source told The Sun on Friday.

Final details must still be worked out, the source said, but Stewart was in Baltimore on Friday receiving a physical. A deal could be finalized this weekend.

Stewart's signing bonus is near the recommended slot payout of $2,064,500, the source said. Stewart was the 25th pick in the first round.

Once the former Florida State standout signs, the Orioles would have signed 13 of their first 14 draft selections. The only remaining unsigned pick in that group is second-round selection Jonathan Hughes, a right-hander from Flowery Branch High School in Georgia.

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Wednesday that he expected Stewart, a 6-foot, 230-pound left-handed-hitting outfielder, to begin his pro career next week.

Stewart led the nation in walks with 69 and had a .500 on-base percentage while hitting 15 home runs and driving in 59 runs in 64 games as a junior for the Seminoles this season.

Schoop's return around the corner

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Schoop could have been activated Friday if there was an urgent need, Showalter said, but he continued his rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Bowie for at least one more game after working out at Camden Yards.

Schoop also said he is ready to go, though he was scheduled to meet with Showalter and Orioles vice president Brady Anderson to discuss his schedule after Friday's game in Bowie. It appears he'll be activated in the next few days, though he will present a difficult roster decision.

"I feel good. ... I feel pretty strong. ... I'm ready to go," Schoop said. "I feel stronger than before. Down there in Bowie, I got grounds balls in the hole — left side, right side, coming in — and I feel really good."

The Orioles opted to play Friday's game with a short bullpen, as left-handed reliever T.J. McFarland was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to create 25-man space to recall Friday's starting pitcher, Wei-Yin Chen. McFarland was the team's only optionable bullpen piece.

Schoop said he knows the team wants to be as careful as possible with him.

He injured the PCL in his right knee on April 17 and has been rehabbing ever since. He did not require surgery and Showalter said the club wants to make sure nothing happens to change that, since the outlook for athletes undergoing a PCL repair is not particularly good.

The Orioles have been on a roll for much of June and Schoop is eager to join the fun.

"All the guys are doing good," he said, "so it'll be good to come back and help the team win."

Orioles making preparations for Saturday rainout

The Orioles are preparing for a possible rainout Saturday and the possibility of a doubleheader Sunday, so they scratched right-hander Kevin Gausman from his scheduled start Friday at Norfolk.

Gausman could be the team's 26th man to start one of the games of the potential doubleheader Sunday.

"I don't want to hurt attendance tomorrow, but it looks like there might be a challenge tomorrow," Showalter said. "It just wouldn't be prudent if we didn't position ourselves for a possible doubleheader on Sunday. If we don't do that, then shame on us."

Under the 26th-man rule, teams can call up an extra player for a doubleheader, but he must be sent back down to the minors after those games.

Saturday is also an anticipated day for fans. The first 25,000 fans age 15 and over will receive the much-hyped Showalter garden gnome. Also, season-ticket holders are invited to attend the pregame State of the Orioles event that will feature a question-and-answer session with Duquette and Showalter.

As is the case with other looming weather issues, the Orioles will monitor the situation throughout the day. But the club doesn't speculate on potential weather situations or makeup dates the day before a game.

Around the horn

Showalter said he followed Thursday night's NBA Draft closely to see if pitching prospect Pat Connaughton would be selected. Connaughton, the Orioles' fourth-round pick out of Notre Dame last year, was selected by the Brooklyn Nets in the second round (41st overall) and was then traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. "When you take him, you know there's that type of possibility," Showalter said. "We think he's that type of prospect. I'm sure — I don't speak from knowing — that the NBA will separate that quickly. They're the best players in the world and if he's good enough, then he'll play there and God bless him. And it was a good risk to take because he was that type of prospect pitching-wise." … Orioles minor league right-hander Dennis Torres was suspended for 50 games without pay for testing positive a second time for a drug of abuse. Torres, the Orioles' 28th-round selection in 2012 out of the University of Massachusetts, is currently with Double-A Bowie. He is 5-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 18 games (one start) with Bowie and High-A Frederick. He has allowed 26 hits over 35 1/3 innings with 22 strikeouts and 17 walks. … Chris Davis made his first start in right field this season Friday. It was also his first outfield start in a regular-season game since 2012. … Outfielder Steve Pearce was voted to be featured as the annual fan's choice bobblehead, beating out teammates Zach Britton, Chen, Darren O'Day and Bud Norris in a fan vote. The Pearce bobblehead will be given out to the first 25,000 fans age 15 and over at the Orioles' regular-season home finale on Oct. 4.

Here are both teams' starting lineups:

Orioles
Manny Machado 3B
Travis Snider LF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Chris Davis RF
Chris Parmelee 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C
David Lough CF

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Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Indians
Jason Kipnis 2B
Francisco Lindor SS
Michael Brantley CF
Ryan Raburn DH
Carlos Santana 1B
Yan Gomes C
Brandon Moss RF
Giovanny Urshela 3B
Alex Aviles LF

Corey Kluber RHP

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Sun columnist Peter Schmuck contributed to this article.

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