J.J. Hardy is out of the lineup on Wednesday afternoon, just his second game off this year. Showalter said he wanted to give Hardy off two days in a row (with Thursday’s team off day) and said Hardy’s shoulder has been “a little barky” but he can play through it.
The Orioles have just pushed back their rotation one day due to Thursday’s off day. That means
Hammel said he had fluid drained from his right knee two days ago and is feeling better. The last few starts he's had trouble going deep into games because of weakness/soreness in his knee. Showalter said he didn't seriously consider skipping Hammel's start because Hammel believes he can pitch and it would take a lot of rotation shuffling. Next week – with two more off days – might be more likely if Hammel's knee is still hurting.
Today is Showalter's 56th birthday.
Orioles' lineup for Wednesday: Avery 7, Andino 6, Markakis 9, Jones 8, Davis 3, Betemit 5, Johnson DH, Flaherty 4, Exposito 2. Arrieta 1.