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Orioles prospect Parker Bridwell on DL after pitching with broken rib, other injury notes

Sarasota, FL -- 02/19/2016 -- Baltimore Orioles players (from left) Andy Oliver (41), Dylan Bundy (49) and Parker Bridwell (68) loosen during the first official day of spring training practice at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.
Sarasota, FL -- 02/19/2016 -- Baltimore Orioles players (from left) Andy Oliver (41), Dylan Bundy (49) and Parker Bridwell (68) loosen during the first official day of spring training practice at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. ((Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun Staff))

HOUSTON — Orioles pitching prospect Parker Bridwell made his most recent start on May 22 with a broken rib, manager Buck Showalter said, and will be out four to six weeks as it's allowed to heal.

Bridwell, who was added to the 40-man roster this past offseason and was back at Double-A Bowie for a second season, went on the disabled list Thursday.

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"He came in the day before yesterday and said, 'I've got something that's really been bothering me.' He didn't want to say anything about it," Showalter said. "You know those West Texas guys. Parker's a tough bird. That's why I like him.

"Parker's tough. I would not sell that short. I think he's going to be a good bullpen piece. I really do. But he's [out] like four to six weeks now. He pitched, I think, a week ago. I haven't heard how he did it."

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In that most recent start, Bridwell allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings for the Baysox, with two walks and three strikeouts. It has been a season of outings like that for Bridwell, who had a 5.13 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) with a 1.64 WHIP, 20 strikeouts and 24 walks in 40 1/3 innings. Over his entire career, he has struck out a batter per inning, but those have dropped this year as his walks have increased.

He's still featuring a low-90s fastball, and is working to bring along his breaking ball to go with his above-average changeup.

Hardy might stay in Sarasota: Shortstop J.J. Hardy (fractured left foot) was supposed to return to Baltimore after rehabilitating in Sarasota, Fla., while the Orioles were on the road, but might stay at the team's spring training complex until he resumes baseball activities, Showalter said.

"We are going to revisit that again this weekend, see if he's going to come home or stay a few days," Showalter said. "Make sure he's into baseball activities before he comes back."

When asked whether this changes the timeline for Hardy's return to game action, Showalter said "there really was none."

"In fact, he's still ahead of what some people project," Showalter said. "The healing process is pretty much done. The problem he's having is you get some stuff, I don't want to say atrophy, but things around the ankle ligaments, tendons that kind of have been inactive and they've got to start firing again.

"He's a little sore from that, because he's off the crutches. He's walking around. I think he got a little sore there one day just from walking. The tendons and ligaments hadn't been used in a long time. You lay off using your feet or your ankles for three weeks, and you're going to be a little sore the first time you get on them. He said he thinks he's just about over that. I talked to him today."

No plan for Gallardo after simulated game Saturday: Right-hander Yovani Gallardo (right shoulder tendinitis) threw 30 pitches in a full-effort bullpen session Wednesday, and said it felt much better than the first.

"It definitely felt a lot better command-wise, and just mixing everything in," Gallardo said. "It's definitely a lot sharper than the first time, so it felt good. … I think we're going to simulate two, three innings, see where that goes and pretty much go from there."

"We're hoping that [simulated game Saturday] goes well, and if that goes well, we've got to decide whether he needs to do that one more time or he goes out [for a rehab stint]," Showalter said.

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