Lindstrom, fresh off a scoreless, one-inning outing at Double-A Bowie on Sunday, was back in the Orioles clubhouse Tuesday, hoping doctors would clear him to pitch.
But Lindstrom, who has been on the disabled list since May 11 with a partially torn ligament in his right finger, was not activated despite feeling healthy. The original belief was that he would come off the DL when lefty
Eveland's wife had their son, Asher Perry, on Saturday night, allowing Eveland to leave the team Sunday and come back on Tuesday evening without the club having to make a roster move. That put Lindstrom in brief limbo.
"I would think, probably, we'll activate Matt [Wednesday], I think," Orioles manager
Although he wouldn't go into specifics, Showalter said it wasn't guaranteed that the club will swap a pitcher with a pitcher when the move is made. That means that a position player, such as infielder/outfielder
Hunter, though, is likely the leading candidate to start Saturday against the
Showalter said Saturday's starter likely will come from the 25-man roster — Eveland also could be a possibility — but he didn't rule out promoting someone from the minors.
That would become more of an option if Hunter had to be used extensively Tuesday in relief. At this point, Showalter said there is no sense in speculating.
"I've learned through the years to kind of let those things play out," Showalter said.
Lindstrom, who had a 1.29 ERA in 13 games for the Orioles, pitched four games in rehab, two each at with the Gulf Coast League team and Double-A Bowie, compiling a 4.15 ERA.
He said he is healthy and can throw all of his pitches.
"Everything went well with my rehab, everything is feeling better," Lindstrom said. "The biggest hump to get over was throwing the ball without any hesitation in the back of your mind, like feeling anything like that, and before I left Florida we got over that hump."
Right fielder Nick Markakis, who had surgery June 1 to remove part of the hamate bone in his right wrist, was hoping to swing a bat Tuesday. But he was not cleared to do so.
"It's frustrating, but that's the time the body needs to heal up," Markakis said. "It's a matter of it healing up and getting the incision closed up all the way. It's close, a couple more days, hopefully, we'll see."
Markakis said his new timetable for swinging is Friday. He then would have to go on a minor league rehab assignment before returning to the Orioles. When asked if he thought he could be back before the first-half ends July 8, he said, "absolutely."
Showalter said the earliest Markakis would join the team would be July 5 at the
"It's gonna be close on the All-Star Break," he said. "I don't see us getting him back before the Anaheim series at their place."
Reynolds 'ambivalent' about DH
Mark Reynolds started at designated hitter Tuesday for the 11th time this season and just the first time since May 28, his first day activated from the disabled list.
Reynolds, who had been shifted from third base to first, has never been a fan of DHing, asking Showalter last year if he could eschew the position for the field, which kept him more focused.
"I don't think I've ever come across somebody who is completely comfortable with it. That's part of that spot," Showalter said. "I had a couple that were a lot more comfortable DHing. But Mark and I have talked about it. He said whatever best fits to help the club, he is in. Outfield, he said anything."
Reynolds, who has made nine errors this season, echoed those statements Tuesday.
"I don't care. I have an ambivalent view of the DH," Reynolds said. "Pretty much our lineup shuffles every day except the first three spots. Guys are just chipping in and doing whatever they can. That's what we do."
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