Orioles manager Buck Showalter with bench coach John Russell.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter with bench coach John Russell. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Orioles bench coach John Russell managed the team Saturday night against the Boston Red Sox — for a few innings, anyway.

Manager Buck Showalter's father-in-law, Phil McMahan, died of cancer April 9. The manager and his wife, Angela, were expected to fly back from a memorial service in Nashville, Tenn., at some point Saturday, and Showalter was seen in the dugout by the game's third inning.


"It's an emotional time for Angela, and I think, if I know Buck, it's going to be Angela's call and Angela's day. If he gets back, he gets back," Russell said before the game. "He could make it back before the end of the game. But that's still up in the air. So I told him, I said, 'We got it. We'll be OK.' And he'll get here when he gets here."

Russell has filled in a couple times for Showalter, most recently May 17 at Kansas City, when Showalter's daughter graduated from law school. (The Orioles lost to the Royals, 1-0.)

Before he came to Baltimore, Russell managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008 to 2010.

Here are some other notes from Russell's pregame news conference:

-- Catcher Matt Wieters (elbow) is expected to catch four to five innings Monday in an extended spring training game. That will be the most time he has spent behind the plate in a game against an opponent since mid-March. He is continuing his progression, but there is no timetable for his return. The Orioles and Wieters initially hoped he could return by May 1, which is Friday but obviously won't happen.

"We'll keep progressing. I talk to [head athletic trainer Richie Bancells] about it a lot because I care about Matt a lot," said Russell, who is also the club's catching instructor. "Will it be three weeks? Will it be four weeks? It's up to Matt and how he continues to progress and if we don't have any setbacks. And — knock on wood — so far, so good."

-- Shortstop J.J. Hardy was expected to stop by Camden Yards on Saturday, but there are no plans for him to join the team yet. He is still dealing with minor discomfort in his left shoulder while swinging and has not begun a minor league rehabilitation assignment, though he has worked out and taken batting practice at Triple-A Norfolk.

"He's been taking batting practice," Russell said. "I think he still feels just a little bit. I can't go into a lot of detail. I'll let Buck handle more of that. I do know he's making very good progress."

-- Boston outfielder Shane Victorino was placed on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Pitcher Matt Barnes will take Victorino's spot on the 25-man roster.

Here are Saturday's lineups:

Red Sox: Betts 8, Pedroia 4, Ortiz DH, Ramirez 7, Napoli 3, Sandoval 5, Craig 9, Bogaerts 6, Hanigan 2. Masterson 1.

Orioles: De Aza 7, Paredes DH, Jones 8, Davis 3, Snider 9, Machado 5, Navarro 4, Joseph 2, Cabrera 6. Chen 1.