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Orioles' Trey Mancini sits Friday after fouling ball off knee, hopes to return Saturday

Orioles rookie outfielder Trey Mancini is out of the lineup Friday for the first time since June 7 after fouling a ball off his left leg just below the kneecap Thursday.

"I fouled a ball off yesterday, and it's pretty sore today," Mancini said. "Just having a tough time kind of getting it going, but I think by tomorrow, it should be fine. I've had similar things happen — not to my knee, but like I jammed my wrist a couple years ago in Bowie. This is something I think will be good to go tomorrow."

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"Hopefully, it's not very long," manager Buck Showalter said. "It's just below the kneecap. ... Really, the tibia — there's not much protection there. Right around the patellar tendon there. I could tell. He basically hit a line drive off his kneecap, right below his kneecap. That hurt. But it's one of those things where once you get off it, he's a little sore today. ... He's sore. Hopefully he's available soon."

Mancini, 25, had ascended in the batting order and spent part of this week at cleanup in the absence of outfielder Mark Trumbo, and has been a revelation as a rookie, batting .298/.347/.518 with 17 home runs and 57 RBIs for the Orioles.

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Because of that, Showalter said he's "obviously worth waiting for" in terms of not rushing a decision on putting him on the disabled list, though the team operating with a three-man bench will make it hard to wait too long.

"It'll probably be a decision we need to make tomorrow," Showalter said.

Around the horn: Left-hander DL Hall, the Orioles' first-round draft pick this year, pitched two scoreless one-hit innings with a walk and two strikeouts in his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League on Friday. … Infielder Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) made a rehabilitation appearance in Portland, Maine, for Double-A Bowie on Friday.

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