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.