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Orioles injury updates on Matt Wieters, Chris Tillman, Bud Norris, Kevin Gausman and Wesley Wright

The Orioles have been ravaged by injuries early on, but the team is preparing for the return of some of its ailing players.

Among them is catcher Matt Wieters, who Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects to return when he's eligible to be activated from the disabled list June 4.


Wieters is currently slated to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment next Tuesday for Double-A Bowie. Showalter said he's not certain how often Wieters will be able to catch, but next Tuesday begins a six-game homestand for the Baysox.

Wieters, who has been rehabbing from last June's Tommy John surgery at extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla., will meet up with the club this weekend when the Orioles play the Marlins in Miami. Showalter said the team will put him through a series of drills then.


-- Right-hander Bud Norris, who was placed on the DL on Monday with bronchitis, is scheduled to make a rehab start Friday for Triple-A Norfolk against Rochester.

Because he hasn't pitched since May 10, Norris is eligible to come off the DL next Tuesday, which would make him available to pitch against the Astros on Tuesday or Wednesday. He would more likely fill one of the slots for next Thursday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.

Showalter said right-hander Tyler Wilson, recalled from Norfolk to take Norris' roster spot, will likely be used out of the bullpen, meaning that right-hander Mike Wright will likely receive another start following his sparkling major league debut Sunday.

-- Right-hander Kevin Gausman extended his throwing progression Tuesday, making 25 throws from 60 feet. Gausman, who is still with the team while on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis, is slated to throw from 90 feet Thursday and then throw batting practice Saturday before the Orioles' game in Miami.

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-- Left-hander Wesley Wright, who is currently on the DL with a left trapezius strain, threw one inning in extended spring training Tuesday. He will likely have one or two more outings before being activated from the DL.

Tillman thinks he can start Thursday

Right-hander Chris Tillman, who was initially scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels but was scratched because of back stiffness and spasms, was scheduled to play catch Tuesday and said he's prepared to start Thursday — as long as Showalter and the Orioles agreed.

"Good, great, fantastic, swell," Tillman said when asked about his back. "As far as I'm concerned, I feel good."

Perriman throws out first pitch

New Ravens receiver Breshad Perriman is more used to catching the ball, but he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday night's game.

"It's just a great experience,'' said the Ravens' 2015 first-round draft pick. "It's really a blessing. I never really imagined being able to do this, but I'm very proud and very thankful for this opportunity."

Perriman said before the game that his experience with baseball has been "very minimal" and he didn't really get "past T-ball" He didn't have a favorite team growing up, but looked pretty good in the No. 18 jersey the Orioles presented him. For his pitch, the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder stood on the grass below the mound and tossed a high looper to Rey Navarro.

Around the horn

Right-hander Tyler Wilson, recalled from Norfolk to take Norris' roster spot, will likely be used out of the bullpen, meaning right-hander Mike Wright will likely receive another start. … According to Elias Sports Bureau, when Wright threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a victory against the Angels on Sunday, he became the first starting pitcher in franchise history to allow no walks or runs and win his major league debut. Only two other active major league pitchers have accomplished that feat: Anibal Sanchez for the Florida Marlins in 2006 and Odrisamer Despaigne for the San Diego Padres in 2014. … Left-hander Wesley Wright (left trapezius), threw one inning in extended spring training Tuesday and will get one or two more outings in Sarasota before a decision is made on his next step. … Left-hander Brian Matusz will serve as race ambassador for the sixth annual Casey Cares 5K Run/Walk at Camden Yards on Saturday, Aug. 1. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit Casey Cares Foundation, which provides special programs for critically ill children and their families.


Sun columnist Peter Schmuck contributed to this article.