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Orioles notes: Darren O'Day reaches career, rehab milestones Tuesday

Orioles reliever Darren O'Day celebrated milestones of varying levels of meaning Tuesday, even if neither came with his major league teammates in New York.

O'Day, who has been on the disabled list for nearly a month after hyperextending his elbow in a freak bullpen incident, remained back in Baltimore and drove to join High-A Frederick at Potomac for his first rehabilitation outing since a cortisone shot late last month sped up his recovery.

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He did so on the day he reached 10 years of major league service time, which, combined with the fact that he's spent the last five seasons with the Orioles, gives him full no-trade protection known as 10-5 rights.

"If that goes well, he could join us in Toronto," manager Buck Showalter said of O’Day’s outing Tuesday. "He felt really good, and it's kind of like an oblique thing. From the history on those things, once it's gone, it's gone."

Outfielder Colby Rasmus (hip), who went 0-for-6 with a walk and three strikeouts in six at-bats over two rehab games for Double-A Bowie this weekend, is also playing for Frederick this week, while reliever Zach Britton (Achilles tendon) had the first of two appearances scheduled for Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday at Columbus.

Rotation staying in turn

Showalter said the Orioles wouldn't make any adjustments to their rotation after Sunday's rainout pushed everyone back a day beginning Tuesday, though the team did toy with the idea of using David Hess, who hasn't pitched since Wednesday, in relief.

"I don't think there's any real way to separate them," Showalter said. "I think the rest always does them some good, especially this far along. We had talked about if we'd gotten into some issues in the bullpen, that we could, for instance, take Hess and put him down there. But we're hopefully not going to have to do that."

Dylan Bundy was pushed to Wednesday's game against the New York Mets, with Hess now on track to start Thursday in Toronto against the Blue Jays.

Moore to manage Aberdeen

Frederick hitting coach Kyle Moore has been tapped to manage Short-A Aberdeen, which begins its season June 15, after manager Kevin Bradshaw suffered an undisclosed injury and will remain in Florida to recover, the team announced.

Moore, 32, is in his third season as a coach in the Orioles' system and spent parts of two seasons as a player before transitioning to coaching roles.

Around the horn

Outfielder Ryan McKenna on Monday was named both the Orioles' minor league Player of the Month and the Carolina League Player of the Week for his efforts at High-A Frederick. McKenna hit .500/.611/.929 with a double, a triple and a home run last week, bringing his line to .365/.448/.519 with 21 extra-base hits this year. Right-hander Matthias Dietz of Low-A Delmarva took Pitcher of the Month honors in the organization. … Shorebirds first baseman Seamus Curran, outfielder Zach Jarrett and infielder Trevor Craport were named South Atlantic League All-Stars on Tuesday. … Catcher Austin Wynns, making his major league debut Tuesday, got tickets for nine friends and family from San Diego, but others made the trip, he said. Among that group were family members of Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis’, who came up with him in the system.

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