Orioles pregame notes on Reimold, Roberts, Chen and more

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold turned in the most successful outing of his rehab stint Wednesday as he continues his return from a hamstring injury that’s sidelined him since May 11.

Reimold went 3-for-6 with one run scored and a strikeout in Double-A Bowie's 7-4 win over Richmond. Reimold entered the afternoon 2-for-27 in his assignment, which has now lasted nine games.


"I may find out that they were a swinging bunt and two duck flairs," manager Buck Showalter said. "I don't know, but I hope that's not the case."

Showalter said Reimold texted Orioles vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson to tell him the hamstring felt better.

Second baseman Brian Roberts (hamstring) is leading off and starting at second for Triple-A Norfolk in the second game of his rehab assignment Wednesday. Roberts was 2-for-4 in his first game Tuesday, and Showalter said he "couldn't ask for a better day" from Roberts.

Showalter wouldn't put a time table on Roberts and Reimold's returns. Showalter previously said Roberts would need a minimum of three games of rehab, and Reimold was thought to need around seven games before returning.

“I don’t have enough information to handicap [their returns],” Showalter said. “It could happen, but I don’t expect to see both of them back this weekend. I hope I’m wrong."

** Showalter still wouldn't commit to a Friday starter Wednesday and said he needed to see how things went with the bullpen against the Indians. He did say that rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman is an option for the Orioles.

"I think we've got a pretty good idea," Showalter said.

** Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) threw Wednesday, and Showalter said it went well. His next appearance is still slated to be a rehab assignment Saturday, probably at Double-A Bowie, where he will throw five or six innings.

"The question is what happens after that," Showalter said. "I hope that's the only question."

** Infielder Jonathan Schoop, rated as the Orioles' top position player prospect, began hitting Wednesday. He hasn't played since May 12 because of a stress fracture in his lower back.

** Right-hander Steve Johnson (oblique) threw from 90 feet Wednesday, upping his distance from 70 feet.

** Double-A Bowie outfielder Henry Urrutia and High-A Frederick left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez were named to the World team in the All-Star Futures Game to be played Sunday, July 14 at Citi Field. Urrutia is batting .366 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs. Rodriguez is 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 starts for the Keys.

Tonight's lineups:

Indians: Bourn 8, Cabrera 6, Kipnis 4, Swisher 3, Brantley 7, Giambi DH, Gomes 2, Chisenhall 5, Stubbs 9; Kazmir 1


Orioles: Markakis 9, Machado 5, Jones 8, Davis 3, Wieters 2, Hardy 6, McLouth 7, Valencia DH, Casilla 4; Hammel 1

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