Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman is scheduled to make his first spring training start on Thursday in a 'B' game against a group of Pittsburgh Pirates reserves on the Ed Smith Stadium back fields.

Tillman – slowed this spring by after feeling tightness in his right hip flexor muscle that led to him being scratched from an intrasquad start on Feb. 28 – is also scheduled to throw live batting practice to hitters on Monday, his final step before pitching in a game. Tillman will throw about two innings.


Right-hander Kevin Gausman will also pitch in that 'B' game.

Right-hander Tyler Wilson will start in the Orioles' home Grapefruit League game against the division rival New York Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium. Wilson is scheduled to pitch three innings.

In previous spring trainings, the Orioles have kept starting pitchers away from facing AL East opponents or teams that play early in the season, instead sending them to 'B' games or minor league games to log innings.

Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will make his first spring start in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater. He is slated to pitch two innings in the range of 30-40 pitches.

Showalter said that the Orioles will have a better idea of Jimmy Paredes' recovery time from a left wrist injury on Wednesday. Showalter said Saturday that he believed the club would know over the next 48 hours whether Paredes has a slight stress fracture or simply a bone bruise.

Now, Showalter said, there will be additional tests done on Paredes' wrist to find the severity of the injury.

"They're going to re-image him," Showalter said.

If there is a break in his wrist, recovery time would be about four to six weeks, meaning Paredes would likely open the season on the disabled list. If the injury is just a bone bruise – as was originally suspected – Paredes could be back in two weeks.

Around the horn:

Orioles LHP Brian Matusz, who has a strained muscle in his lower back, played light catch with Tillman on Sunday after taking the previous three days off. … LHP Jeff Beliveau, who has been slowed coming off labrum surgery, threw live batting practice to hitters on Sunday. Showalter said he would like to get him into spring games before the season starts. Beliveau is signed to a minor league deal. "It was real encouraging how he felt," Showalter said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow, after that."

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