ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Jimmy Paredes, who made his first rehabilitation appearance Tuesday for Double-A Bowie, performed well despite an 0-for-3 night and a fielding error that led to an unearned run.
"He's doing good, though," Showalter said. "Jimmy's running a lot better. We'll see what happens when he's ready."
Paredes was the starting designated hitter for Bowie on Wednesday. He will play for High-A Frederick on Bowie's day off Thursday and then return to Bowie. Paredes' rehab assignment can last 20 days, but he might not need that much time.
However, the Orioles will have a difficult time finding a way to add Paredes to the 25-man roster when he's ready.
Last year, Paredes almost exclusively served as a designated hitter — he made six starts at second base and one in right field — but the Orioles already have several DH options, including left-handed-hitting Pedro Alvarez.
Paredes opened the spring focusing on playing outfield. He actually was injured in early March attempting to make a sliding catch while playing right field, but the Orioles are carrying five outfielders, including Nolan Reimold and Hyun Soo Kim on the bench.
Davis' defense goes noticed: Showalter liked seeing first baseman Chris Davis beat the shift in his second at-bat in the Orioles' 3-1 loss Tuesday. Davis hustled out of the box for a sliding double and scored on Mark Trumbo's ensuing single. But Showalter made special mention of the heady defensive play Davis made in the first inning to prevent a run Tuesday.
"He's a well-rounded player," Showalter said. "This guy takes a lot of pride in that, takes a lot of pride in defense."
To many, it might appear to be a routine play, but with Logan Forsythe at third and no outs in the first inning, Davis charged Brad Miller's grounder and held the runner at third.
On the next play, shortstop J.J. Hardy fielded Evan Longoria's grounder and threw home to get the lead runner at the plate.
"He made a quick decision, man on third and nobody out, to come get that ball," Showalter said. "I just said to him to give him a look and if you drop-step on that ball like most people do, he scores easily. But because he came and got the short hop, which made it a tougher play, we were allowed to play the infield halfway in and ended up saving that run right out of the chute. A lot of things that go unnoticed. But he finds a way to contribute every night."
Harvey to pitch Thursday: Top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey will pitch his first game this season Thursday. He's scheduled to throw two innings in an extended spring training game in Sarasota, Fla.
Harvey left a minor league spring training start with a strained groin in late March.
The Orioles' 2013 first-round draft pick hasn't pitched in a minor league game since July 25, 2014. Last season, he suffered a fractured fibula during spring training and was later shelved with a flexor mass strain. His 2014 season was also ended one month early because of elbow discomfort.
Reimold performing well part-time: Showalter has made it a point through the first month of the season to give his bench players playing time, and Reimold has done well in a part-time role.
Reimold made his seventh start of the season in Wednesday's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays, starting in left field and batting eighth. He entered the game hitting .318/.348/.727. Five of his seven hits going into the day were for extra bases — three doubles and two homers.
"It's a role that can expand, but looking at the schedule early in the season I didn't think there would be a period where guys would have to sit a long time," Showalter said. "They know we're going to get them in there, that there's going to be a spot for him to play consistently for a period of time.
"He's professional. He's been around us. He knows how it works [when] all of a sudden it comes and you have to be ready when it comes."
Around the horn: Triple-A Norfolk released right-hander Terry Doyle after just four starts with the Tides this season. Doyle went 16-2 with a 2.16 ERA at Double-A Bowie and Norfolk in 2015. Doyle is 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA this season. … On Wednesday, right-hander Chris Tillman made his 154th major league start, all with the Orioles, moving him into 13th place on the club's all-time list. … Outfielder Mark Trumbo entered Wednesday leading the American League in average (.373) and hits (28).