Orioles pregame notes: Christian Walker in starting lineup, plus the latest on Kevin Gausman

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Christian Walker (18) gets a pie in the face from Adam Jones (10) after a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Walker was recalled by the club on July 8.

MINNEAPOLIS — After sending right-hander Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk following his start Tuesday night, the Orioles have recalled first baseman Christian Walker from Norfolk and he will start Wednesday's afternoon game (1:10 p.m.) in Minnesota, batting fifth as the Orioles' designated hitter.

Walker has hit left-handed pitchers well in Triple- A, recording a .310/.351/.494 slash line against them, so he's a good fit to start against Twins left-hander Tommy Milone.


Over his last 15 games overall, Walker is hitting .333/.373/.540 with four doubles, three homers and seven RBIs.

Walker will likely be optioned Thursday when the team is forced to activate outfielder Nolan Reimold from the paternity list. Even though Walker's stay with the Orioles will be short, manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to reward Walker for a job well done.


Sending Gausman to Triple-A will allow him to remain on a regular schedule during next week's All-Star break. He has not lost his spot in the rotation as the Orioles plan to recall him after he makes two starts for Norfolk.

Gausman will start for the Tides on Sunday and will likely pitch again five days later before rejoining the major league club. He is eligible to return July 18.

Left-hander Wesley Wright, who is on the disabled list for a left trapezius strain, is still on a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk.

Wright hasn't pitched very well with the Tides, posting a 6.23 ERA in eight relief outings, but he did extend his rehab assignment through this week. So the team must make a decision regarding Wright after Sunday's game.

Here are both teams' starting lineups:

Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Steve Pearce LF
Christian Walker DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Parmelee 1B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer DH
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Miguel Sano 3B
Torii Hunter RF
Eddie Rosario LF
Aaron Hicks CF
Eric Fryer C
Danny Santana SS


Tommy Milone LHP