Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman, center, fist-bumps teammates in the dugout after being relieved in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Baltimore.
Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman, center, fist-bumps teammates in the dugout after being relieved in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Baltimore. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman turned his left ankle running off the mound to cover first base in the ninth inning of the team's 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday at Camden Yards.

Tillman was one out away from throwing his second career complete-game shutout, but was removed after giving up a two-out double to Cameron Maybin in the ninth.


On the play before that, Tillman ran off the mound to cover first base on Nick Markakis' grounder to the right side that deflected off first baseman Chris Parmelee's glove to second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who threw to Tillman at first for the out.

Tillman is receiving treatment - his ankle was wrapped following Wednesday's game - but it doesn't appear at this point that it will affect his next scheduled start Monday in Oakland. He has never had an ankle injury in the past.

-- Infielder-outfielder Steve Pearce, who is on the disabled list with a Grade 1 left oblique strain, will report to the club's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., when the club heads out west following Sunday's game.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that Pearce was still about a week away from resuming baseball activities. Pearce continues to get treatment, but the club will be careful before clearing him to do any hitting or throwing as a precaution to avoid aggravating the injury.

-- Left-hander Daniel Norris, who was the main piece the Detroit Tigers received from the Toronto Blue Jays for left-hander David Price, will make his first start with his new team against the Orioles on Sunday at Camden Yards.

Norris, who was Toronto's consensus No. 1 prospect, was 3-10 with a 4.27 ERA in 16 starts with Triple-A Buffalo. He has never started against the Orioles in a regular-season game, but threw one relief inning against them last Sept. 16, allowing one run on two hits.

-- Price was originally scheduled to start in Sunday's series finale. He left the Tigers clubhouse at Camden Yards riding a bicycle and wearing a backwards Blue Jays cap after holding court with Detroit writers.

"Everybody envisions themselves playing for one particular team their entire career," Price said. "It's not the way it happens. There are very few guys that get to stay in one place for the duration of their career. It's part of the business. We all get it, we all understand it. If you don't like it, play better.

"I'm going to be a Blue Jay now. That's just part of the business. We have a very talented group of guys in here and so do the Blue Jays. So I'll go there and be ready to pitch every five days and be a good teammate during the days in-between."

Price, who spent his first 6 1/2 seasons pitching in the American League East for the Tampa Bay Rays, now returns to the division. But the Orioles won't have to see him again until September. He is 7-4 with a 2.73 ERA in 18 career starts against the Orioles.

-- Two Orioles minor leaguers were handed 80-game suspensions in violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program Thursday.

Shortstop Jared Breen and right-hander Nick Cunningham of Low-A Delmarva tested positive for growth hormone releasing Peptide 2, a performance-enhancing substance banned in the minors.

The suspensions begin immediately.

Breen, the Orioles' 24th-round draft pick out of Belmont in 2013, is currently on the 60-day disabled list after suffering a variety of injuries colliding with a cement wall earlier this month. He suffered an orbital bone fracture in his right eye, a broken nose and a fractured patellar bone in his left knee. Breen, who had season-ending knee surgery after the injury, hit .242/.349/.328 with one homer and 22 RBIs in 62 games with the Shorebirds this season.


Cunningham, the Orioles' 20th-round pick in 2013 out of the University of Arizona, was 4-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 20 appearances (18 in relief), allowing 47 hits in 53 innings and holding opponents to a .239 batting average.