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Matt Wieters to DH in extended spring Tuesday, plus other other injury notes and lineups

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had lots of injury updates Monday during his pregame press conference, including news that catcher Matt Wieters (right elbow) will play designated hitter in an extended spring training game in Florida on Tuesday.

According to Showalter, Wieters took batting practice on Monday against coaches in Sarasota, Fla., and against minor league pitcher Dane De La Rosa. Wieters has been throwing some as he attempts to come back from ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery.

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Showalter said he was unaware how the throwing progressed Monday, but said the club is encouraged by Wieters DHing in an extended spring game.

Wieters "was a little sore in the right places today. I don't know what that exactly meant," Showalter said. "I haven't heard [about the throwing] part of it. I just know he is DHing tomorrow and I'll take that as a positive."

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There is no timetable for Wieters return, but the hope is that he'll be back in early May.

In other injury news updates:

** David Lough (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list Monday after going 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly Sunday at High-A Frederick. Knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa was sent back to Triple-A Norfolk. He flew into Atlanta and will start tonight against the Atlanta Braves' top affiliate, Gwinnett.

** Jimmy Paredes (back) played in his first game in extended spring training Monday, going 1-for-4 while playing left field for five innings and right field for four. He'll play third base Tuesday. Showalter said Paredes likely will play again in Florida Wednesday and then could start a rehab assignment after that. Double-A Bowie is at home this weekend, so that's an obvious destination. Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy also could join the Baysox later this week.

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** Second baseman Jonathan Schoop was back in the lineup Monday after being scratched Sunday with quad soreness. It was only a precaution, Showalter said.

"Looking back, the history before I made the decision yesterday, he has never had any leg problems," Showalter said. "He just had a little knot in the upper quad, he was sore from getting it out of there and I just want to make sure that he is full-go today."

** Wesley Wright (trapezius strain) had an MRI this afternoon, but Showalter didn't have an immediate update.

** Pitching prospect Hunter Harvey (leg) pitched in extended spring training again.

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** Pitching coach Dave Wallace is away from the team to attend a funeral. Bullpen coach Dom Chiti will be on the bench and Ramon Martinez will coach in the bullpen. Wallace will return Tuesday.

** Here is the Orioles lineup for Monday's game against the Yankees: De Aza 7, Pearce 9, Davis 3, Jones 8, Snider DH, Machado 5, Schoop 4, Cabrera 6, Joseph 2. Chen 1.

** Yankees lineup: Ellsbury 8, Gardner 7, Beltran DH, Teixeira 3, Rodriguez 5, Young 9, Murphy 2, Gregorius 6, Petit 4. Pineda 1.


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