Orioles plan to activate Teagarden, Chavez on Friday

Taylor TeagardenEndy ChavezNick MarkakisSteve PearceDetroit TigersChris TillmanSteve Tolleson

Barring any physical setbacks, the Orioles plan on activating catcher Taylor Teagarden and outfielder Endy Chavez from the 15-day disabled list before Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers.

Chavez (left hamstring) played in his second minor-league rehab game on Tuesday -- his first at low Class-A Delvarva -- going hitless in four at bats. He is 0-for-8 in two games. He is slated to play in two more games for the Shorebirds before joining the Orioles.

Teagarden (back) is slated to join Chavez in the Delmarva lineup on Wednesday. Teagarden's minor-league rehab assignment, which included stops with in the Gulf Coast League and Double-A Bowie, was sidetracked when he suffered a bruised hand Sunday. If he gets through catching Wednesday and makes one more start, the Orioles will will likely activate him Friday.

Teagarden is 3-for-15 in six minor-league rehab games.

The Orioles already activated rightfielder Nick Markakis (wrist surgery) on Monday. He will start in right field Friday.

The return of those three players creates a post-break roster crunch. The Orioles won't carry three catchers, so Teagarden's return likely marks the end of Ronny Paulino on the roster. The team will have an influx of outfielders, which leave Xavier Avery and Steve Pearce, as well as utility man Steve Tolleson, in limbo.

The Orioles likely won't recall right-hander Chris Tillman, who is slated to pitch against the Tigers on Sunday, until right before that game.

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