In the midst of their worst losing streak of the season, the Orioles will now be without their most durable player for as long as a month. Starting rightfielder Nick Markakis will miss two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right wrist.
Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter wasn¿t surprised by Tuesday¿s news that he had been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Hunter, who this spring was competing for the Opening Day starter spo, was sent to Norfolk for the second time this month. He was optioned on May 7 after allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings at Boston, but returned three days later to fill a vacant rotation spot.
Their starting pitching sputtering, their offense anemic, the Orioles lost their sixth game in their past eight, an uninspiring 6-2 loss to a Blue Jays team that had lost five straight, in front of an announced crowd of 16,575.
The news on right-handed reliever Stu Pomeranz isn¿t as optimistic. Pomeranz, who has provided the Orioles with a stabilizing long-relief option in the bullpen, had an MRI taken earlier Monday that Showalter said revealed a tear.
Orioles infielder Mark Reynolds (oblique strain) and outfielder Endy Chavez (intercostal strain) played in an extended spring game today and will report to Double-A Bowie to begin minor league rehab assignments tomorrow.
Just more than two hours from the scheduled game time from tonight's Orioles game against the Yankees, the tarp is on the infield here at Camden Yards and the rain is still coming down, a bad omen for getting tonight's game in.
Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold is scheduled to undergo an epidural injection in his sore neck, but it appears very doubtful that he¿ll be ready to come off the disabled list as soon as he becomes eligible Wednesday.
Orioles rookie utility man Ryan Flaherty started just one game in the club's first 16 games and now has started each of the past four, including in right field Saturday night ¿ the first time he had appeared there as a major leaguer.
Right-hander Jason Hammel tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts, allowing just two earned runs on six hits as the Orioles beat the White Sox, 5-3, Thursday to win their second straight road series. After winning three of four on Chicago¿s South Side, the Orioles head west to Anaheim to complete a three-city, 10-game road trip that began with two wins in three games in Toronto.