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Orioles pregame: O's to get reinforcements in Seattle; Harvey and Bridwell working their way back

Orioles relief pitcher Vance Worley celebrates after the Orioles defeated the Kansas City Royals 9-1 during a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 7, 2016 in Baltimore.
Orioles relief pitcher Vance Worley celebrates after the Orioles defeated the Kansas City Royals 9-1 during a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 7, 2016 in Baltimore.(Patrick McDermott / Getty Images)

The Orioles will get two players back from the disabled list when they open their four-game series in Seattle on Thursday.

Right-hander Vance Worley was en route to the West Coast to meet the team, and catcher Caleb Joseph won't be far behind, manager Buck Showalter said before the Orioles' game in San Diego on Wednesday afternoon.

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Worley, who is on the DL with a right groin strain, threw three perfect innings in his second minor league rehabilitation appearance pitching for High-A Frederick on Tuesday. Worley threw 31 pitches, including 21 strikes, in the outing.

Joseph was scheduled to play one more game for Frederick on Wednesday, his third game behind the plate since being cleared to catch following testicular surgery, and if all goes well, he will fly to Seattle on Thursday.

The Orioles must make two roster moves in order to activate Worley and Joseph. The team will likely option backup catcher Francisco Pena to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Joseph. The Orioles would have to make a corresponding bullpen move to activate Worley, and right-handers Oliver Drake and Odrisamer Despaigne the most likely options to be sent back to the minors.

Harvey throws three scoreless: Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey, who is recovering from sports hernia surgery, threw three scoreless innings in his second start in the Gulf Coast League. Harvey allowed two hits and struck out six.

In two outings in the GCL, Harvey has thrown five scoreless innings and allowed three hits while striking out 11 and walking none.

Harvey will likely pitch at least one more outing in the GCL, working up to four innings his next outing before he goes to a higher affiliate. He will likely report to High-A Frederick.

Orioles minor league right-hander Parker Bridwell, on the DL with a broken rib, pitched in the same game, relieving Harvey and throwing two scoreless innings.  It was Bridwell's first game action since May 22, his last start with Double-A Bowie before going on the DL.

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