Orioles pregame notes: Markakis in the clubhouse; still no starter Saturday

A few notes before the Orioles open a three-game series against the Phillies at Camden Yards:

** Orioles manager Buck Showalter is not officially naming his starter for Saturday yet. We still assume it will be Tommy Hunter, who is not listed in Norfolk's probables.


However, Showalter suggested that what happens tonight will dictate that decision. That means if lefty Dana Eveland is not used in relief, he could make a spot start.

Miguel Gonzalez was also a candidate, but he pitched four innings in relief of Brian Matusz on Thursday. Gonzalez may now be a candidate to be sent down if the Orioles recall Hunter.


"We've got our options that we're prepared to use Saturday," Showalter said. "Obviously, Miguel isn't one of them now. We'll see how we do tonight."

** Nick Markakis was in the clubhouse sporting a bandage on his right palm/wrist to conceal the stitches from his hamate bone surgery on June 1.

"The mobility in my hand is very good, it's just the stitches are a pain in the butt," he said.

If all goes well, Markakis said he'll get the stitches removed Monday – and he is sticking with the original timetable of returning in roughly a month. Some players come back in three weeks from the surgery; others have taken up to six weeks.

Markakis was in Sarasota for a few days, but came back to Baltimore and has been doing some strength exercises.

"It sucked. I was home. I didn't want to go on the road trip, so I could get back here and benefit, you know, lifting weights-wise and staying on top of things," he said. "But it was tough watching your team on TV. You want to be there. And it was tough, because they played such a good series [in Boston]. It was fun to watch, but it more fun to be a part of it."

Markakis, who had never been on the disabled list in his career, said he doesn't think he can stay home the next time the club leaves.

"I think I am going to go on every road trip from here on out," he said. "Even if I can't play."


** Jason Berken, who broke his nose in a collision with first baseman Joe Mahoney in Thursday's game at Norfolk, is still slated to make his next start. Showalter said Berken sent athletic trainer Richie Bancells a picture of the nose.

"It's broken," Showalter quipped.

** Three of the four most recent Orioles managers are at the field today. Showalter is obviously in the Orioles dugout while Juan Samuel (third base) and Sam Perlozzo (first base) will be coaching for the Phillies.

Perlozzo, who will have family at the games this weekend, joked before first pitch that fans may be booing from both sides.

** Dylan Bundy starts tonight for Frederick at Lynchburg.