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Mark Trumbo scratched from Orioles lineup Sunday after tweaking back

Mark Trumbo scratched from Orioles lineup Sunday after tweaking back
Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo reacts after striking out swinging in a recent game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He was pulled from Sunday's starting lineup after injuring his back during pregame stretching. (Brian Blanco / Getty Images)

Orioles outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo was scratched from the lineup for today's matinee with the Texas Rangers after he "tweaked his back stretching in the weight room" this morning, manager Buck Showalter said.

"Hopefully it's not a DL-able thing and he'll be around and ready to go," Showalter said. "That was about an hour ago. [Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells] came in and said we should probably scratch Trumbo today, so I did."

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After the game, Showalter said Monday would be a pivotal day for Trumbo, especially considering the Orioles will need a roster spot for new pitcher Jeremy Hellickson.

"I'm hoping that we can stay away from a DL with him," Showalter said. "I just hope it's not an oblique. We'll know tomorrow for sure."

Trumbo, who was originally batting fourth and serving as the designated hitter, was replaced in the lineup by outfielder Craig Gentry, who was added to the roster Sunday morning in the empty roster spot left by the recently traded Hyun Soo Kim.

"We tried to get him here yesterday," Showalter said before the game. "We could have had him yesterday, but we didn't. I'm glad I got him here. He wasn't going to play initially, but he is. You always know that guy who wasn't in the lineup originally, he's good for two hits. Isn't that how it works? I hope it does."

Gentry ended up fulfilling that prophecy, collecting two hits.

Trumbo had started every game this season for the Orioles, but has been in a funk since the All-Star break. He has nine hits in 61 at-bats for a .148/.212/.311 with three home runs, and was hitless in four straight games entering Friday.

On the season, Trumbo is batting .238 with a .706 OPS, hitting 17 home runs and driving in 50 runs.

Gentry, who was previously with Triple-A Norfolk, is batting .175 over two spells with the Orioles this year.

Hellickson to be activated Monday

Hellickson was scheduled to play catch at Camden Yards on Sunday and will probably have a bullpen throwing session on Monday once the team returns to Baltimore, Showalter said.

Hellickson, who was scheduled to start Friday but was scratched ahead of the trade, didn't join the team in Texas on Saturday as planned because he was rear-ended on the way to the airport.

The Orioles announced that Ubaldo Jiménez and Dylan Bundy were scheduled to start Monday and Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals, but don't have a starter announced for Wednesday. That would be right-hander Chris Tillman's spot in the rotation.

Showalter said Saturday he had not decided how the fit Hellickson into the rotation, and wouldn't commit to either a five- or six-man rotation.

Flaherty not close

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Showalter said infielder Ryan Flaherty, who is rehabbing a shoulder strain at Double-A Bowie, has a ways to go before he's activated.

"He's going to have to get around the diamond, play short and third and a little outfield," Showalter said. "He's been out a long time. He's going to have to mix in a couple hits, too. He will. He already has one, and just play defense around the diamond. We're starting out at first and second."

Flaherty homered in his first at-bat for Bowie on today, and fellow rehab player Anthony Santander homered as well.

Around the horn: The Orioles will hold a moment of silence before Monday's game at Camden Yards in honor of former first baseman Lee May, who passed away Saturday at age 74 in Cincinnati. … Showalter said Tillman's full-body cramping on Friday in the Texas heat caused the other two starting pitchers subjected to the conditions, Kevin Gausman and Wade Miley, to hydrate better. ... Shortstop J.J. Hardy (fractured wrist) is "closer," Showalter said, with internal plans being made for his rehab and eventual return.

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