As he continues his minor league rehabilitation assignment, closer Zach Britton will make his first of back-to-back outings at Double-A Bowie on Thursday.
Britton will enter the game after right-hander starter Jesus Liranzo, who will pitch three or four innings. In Britton's final two rehab outings – on Friday night at High-A Frederick and Monday night with Triple-A Norfolk, he will be used later in the game to simulate his late-inning role.
Showalter said those in the Orioles organization are "upbeat" about Britton's return after a shorter disabled-list period in April led him back to the DL with a recurrence of his left forearm strain.
"I think it's just staying healthy," Showalter said. "I think the back-to-back one is [important], seeing how he feels the next day. It's not like over the last year or two he's felt perfect after every outing anyway. It's just the recovery. [With] the effectiveness, you really listen to him talk, the misplayed fly ball the other day that should have been an error, there's a lot of things [to consider]. That's why you talk to the people who are there and not just watch it on tape or look at some box score. It paints very little of the picture. He's doing well.
"Everybody's really upbeat about it. I'm hoping, he's got three more outings and he'll get to Milwaukee in time to get an at bat."
With the Orioles scheduled to play in Milwaukee, a National League park, Wednesday, pitchers will begin to take batting practice. "What's that, the third time?" Showalter said. The Orioles have one more road interleague series after that, two games in Pittsburgh the last week of the season. … Minor league left-hander Keegan Akin, the club's second-round draft pick last year, carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning for Frederick on Tuesday night and ended with eight one-hit shutout innings. …. Norfolk right-hander Gabriel Ynoa was hit hard Tuesday in his first outing since being optioned Thursday, allowing five runs over 3 2/3 innings. His season ERA in 10 starts at Norfolk is 7.40.