News: Machado (knee) ran the bases Wednesday without issue, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Machado injured his knee stepping awkwardly on the first base bag last postseason, so his ability to run the bases with no problems has to be reassuring. The O's will keep Machado at their spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida, through the end of the week, but if he continues to respond well, Machado may be sent out on a rehab assignment early next week.
News: Norris will be available out of the bullpen Wednesday against the Rays, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Manager Buck Showalter indicated that he won't go out of his way to use Norris if he doesn't have to, as the team will still need a starter over the weekend for their series with the Red Sox. If he goes unused Wednesday, look for Norris to be confirmed as the starter for Saturday's contest.
News: Tillman will start the opener of the Orioles' upcoming series against the Red Sox that begins Friday, Roch Kubato of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Tillman was slated to face the Rays on Wednesday, but Tuesday's rainout changed the Orioles' plans, and he will now go Friday in Boston instead. While the change will cost Tillman a home start, it will provide him a matchup where he's fared better historically, as he owns a 2.67 ERA in 12 career starts against the Red Sox, and a 4.90 ERA in 11 career starts against the Rays. That said, the Rays are slumping right now, so missing them could hurt.
Evan Meek - #47 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 225lbs
News: Meek (illness) looks like he could be available Wednesday against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Meek rejoined the team for the game Wednesday following Tuesday's rainout, but he's not quite 100 percent recovered from the illness and may not be one of manager Buck Showalter's top choices out of the bullpen. He's gotten off to a nice start with the Orioles this season, tossing seven scoreless innings over six appearances.
News: Jones (illness) will play Wednesday against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Jones had previously been ruled out of Tuesday's game with the illness before rain postponed the contest, granting him some needed recovery time. It appears his symptoms have cleared up as of now, and he'll once again occupy his familiar spot in the middle of the order.
News: Schoop is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rays, Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Ryan Flaherty is manning the hot corner and Steve Lombardozzi is playing second base while Schoop sits again Tuesday night.
News: Jones is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays, Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: An illness has been making the rounds in the O's clubhouse, and that is believed to be the reason for Jones' absence. David Lough is playing center field for Baltimore on Tuesday night.
Evan Meek - #47 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 225lbs
News: Meek is dealing with the illness that has been circulating the Orioles' clubhouse, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Impact: As a result, Meek is expected to be unavailable until Wednesday. Meek has tossed seven scoreless innings out of the O's bullpen to begin his time in Baltimore.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Wieters went 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI in Monday's 7-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: Wieters has hit safely in all but one of his first 11 games, going 15 for 41 (.366) with three homers and eight RBIs.
News: Tillman won't pitch Wednesday, as was originally scheduled, after Tuesday's game was rained out, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Impact: The Orioles don't play Thursday, so it's anticipated that Tillman will get the start Friday in Boston, which was originally Bud Norris' day to pitch.
News: Gonzalez will take the ball in Wednesday's game against Jake Odorizzi and the Rays, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Impact: The day game has a 12:35 p.m ET start time, after his scheduled start Tuesday was rained out. This is good news for Gonzalez's owners, as the Orioles could have opted to skip his start with Chris Tillman originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday.
News: Gonzalez won't make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Rays due to a postponement, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Unless a doubleheader comes to pass, Gonzalez is unlikely to bump Chris Tillman from his showdown Wednesday against David Price. No matter, Gonzalez isn't a consistent option, even with one quality start among his two nods this season.
News: Machado (knee) will run the bases Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Impact: With Machado's knee holding up to sprints at 180 feet Tuesday, the team has decided to return him to baserunning drills. It typically represents the final hurdle a player must clear before returning to game action, so if Machado can run the bases without issue, there's at least a chance he heads out for a rehab assignment before the end of the week.
News: Davis went 13-for-46 (.283) with a home run and eight RBI over his first 13 games of the season.
Impact: Davis' average and OBP sit near the same numbers he finished last season with, but his power has taken a big dip, as he has half as many extra-base hits (five) as he had last season through 13 games. While Davis still has plenty of time to turn things around, it should be noted that a lot of his production has come early recently, as he has posted a .958 OPS prior to the All-Star break over the last three seasons, including a 1.109 mark last year. His OPS currently sits at .799.
News: Schoop isn't in the Orioles' lineup Monday against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: Schoop is yielding the hot corner to Ryan Flaherty, who will also assume the final spot in the order. Meanwhile, Schoop has in hand a six-game hitting streak, during which he's hit .348 (8-for-23) with one long ball, five RBI, and three runs.
News: Hardy collected three hits Monday night, knocking in a run and scoring two more.
Impact: Hardy has missed some time already this season, but is faring well at the plate through his first 28 at-bats. His double in the third inning accounted for his first RBI of the year.
News: Flaherty had a nice day at the plate Monday, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.
Impact: Flaherty has really struggled at the plate this season, but perhaps Monday's game is a sign that he'll come out of his funk in the near future. The infielder's two RBI were his first two of the season.
News: Chen looked good Monday night, earning the win by holding the Rays to one run in 6.1 innings of work.
Impact: Chen had a rough go of things in his first two starts, but was much better Monday night. The lefty will carry a 4.76 ERA and 1.65 WHIP into a meeting with the Red Sox this weekend.
News: Wieters hit his third home run Sunday against Toronto.
Impact: Wieters owns a .960 OPS with seven RBIs through 10 games.
News: Davis finally connected on his first homer in Sunday's loss to Toronto.
Impact: Davis is slugging .419 so far after posting a .634 mark in 2013.
News: Jimenez fell to 0-3 Sunday, allowing five runs and 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings against Toronto.
Impact: Jimenez looks like one of baseball's most disappointing pitchers thus far with a 7.31 ERA through three starts.
News: Machado (knee) is scheduled to take part in sprints of 180 feet Tuesday, with extended spring training outings possible by week's end, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: Machado will take part in two or three extended spring training games, before his next destination will be considered. Meanwhile, the distance of his sprints Tuesday will double those from Monday, which should be a good test of his conditioning. At this point, hitting and rounding the bases appear to be the primary obstacles to game action.
News: Machado's left knee handled 90-foot sprints admirably Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: Machado was able to rip off six at the aforementioned distance, which he'll eventually up to 180 feet. No matter the progress he makes, until he's able to make turns on the basepaths, his season debut will be in limbo.
Ryan Webb - #58 - Pitcher - 6'6" - 245lbs
News: Webb tossed a scoreless inning against the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Impact: On a day where very little went right for the Orioles, Webb had his third consecutive scoreless appearance. Although Tommy Hunter blew a save opportunity Saturday, the team is adamant that Hunter will remain the closer at the present time.
Steve Pearce - #28 - Left Field - 5'11" - 210lbs
News: Pearce made his first start of the season Sunday and went 1-for-4 with a double.
Impact: It is just Pearce's third game this season as he entered Sunday 0-for-3 on the year. The Orioles are getting good production out of Nelson Cruz and Delmon Young. Even David Lough missing a couple games last week did not result in a start for Pearce. Cruz finally got a day off Sunday. It looks like Pearce is buried on the depth chart as the last guy on the roster at this point.
News: Hunter is not in danger of losing his duties as closer, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Hunter blew Saturday's save opportunity and overall he has had a slow start to the season. He was touched up for a home run at the worst time Saturday, having a one-run lead and retiring the first two batters he faced. The job is secure for the moment, but a couple more blown saves and the Orioles might have to start to consider other options, first of which would likely be Darren O'Day.
Josh Stinson - #60 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 209lbs
News: Stinson was lit up for six runs on seven hits in two innings Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Impact: Stinson had allowed one run in his first three outings spanning six innings. All that unraveled Sunday. Stinson seems to be the mop-up reliever at this point as he relieved Ubaldo Jimenez in the sixth inning.
News: Matusz pitched 0.2 innings Sunday after returning from hospitalization Friday and held the Blue Jays to a walk.
Impact: Matusz pitched for the first time in four days. He had flu-like symptoms Friday night and was held out Saturday after being released from the hospital. Look for Matusz to return to his late-inning role now that he is healthy.
News: Jimenez struggled again Sunday, allowing five runs on 10 hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings against the Blue Jays.
Impact: Jimenez fell to 0-3 on the season, which is hardly what the Orioles had in mind when signing him late in the offseason. He hasn't been unlucky either - he still hasn't given the Orioles a quality start. Those who stayed away from Jimenez look smart at this point, though he may have a stretch where he is unstoppable later in the season as he has had in the past.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Norris was magnificent Saturday.
Impact: Norris gave up five hits and three walks over seven innings for Baltimore and was poised to earn his first win of the season before the bullpen choked. He faces the world champion BoSox in his next outing.
News: Matusz (illness) is available to pitch in Sunday's game if needed, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Impact: A variety of minor ailments have slowed Matusz since spring training, while his latest trip to the hospital Friday required IV fluids to help him recover. Matusz played catch Sunday morning and declared himself ready to roll again.
News: Lough is in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Impact: Lough had a concussion scare this week but ended up passing all his tests and is set to make his first start since Monday. He'll look to improve on his .105 average for the season.
News: Wieters isn't in the starting lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Impact: A 0-for-3 performance Friday ended Wieters' eight-game hitting streak to begin the season, giving manager Buck Showalter a perfect excuse to get him a breather. Wieters caught the team's last six games.
News: Hardy (back) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Impact: Hardy was hoping to return to the lineup Friday, but the team ended up holding him out for a sixth time in seven games. It seems the decision was largely precautionary, with the thought process likely being that one extra day would go a long way in assuring his health moving forward.
News: Lough was the extra-innings hero Saturday night, smacking a walkoff RBI single in the 12th to down the Jays, 2-1.
Impact: The first-year Oriole finished the night 2-for-5, doubling his hit total to four in seven games this season. Lough's average is up to .167, as he hasn't played much of a factor fantasy-wise this season.
News: Hunter failed to deliver his fourth save of the season Saturday, as he served up a game-tying homer to the Jays' Colby Rasmus with two outs in the ninth inning.
Impact: Hunter started out efficiently -- getting the first two batters to pop out and fly out, respectively -- but was taken yard by an unlikely candidate in the slumping Colby Rasmus. In his last appearance, Hunter was shaky as well, escaping with the save, despite allowing two hits and an earned run against the Yankees. He'll need to tighten things up if he hopes to hold off Darren O'Day for Baltimore's closing job.
News: Norris lasted seven innings Saturday, holding the Blue Jays scoreless while allowing five hits and three walks. He also picked up four strikeouts in the no-decision.
Impact: Norris was one out away from earning his first victory of the season until closer Tommy Hunter served up a game-tying tater to the Jays' Colby Rasmus. The former Astro now owns a 3.75 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 12 innings and will next take to the hill Friday against the Red Sox.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Tillman was a hard-luck loser Friday against Toronto, yielding three hits and two unearned runs over eight innings. He also struck out six.
Impact: Tillman has surrendered just two earned runs over 21 1-3 innings through his first three starts.
News: Young isn't in Baltimore's lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Young takes a seat for the first time in four games following the return of David Lough (head). Acting as a top option off the bench, the Orioles should continue to get Young in the lineup against left-handers.
News: Machado (knee) is expected to run sprints Monday, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Machado logged six at-bats in a simulated game Saturday, and while he hasn't actually been cleared to run sprints, manager Buck Showalter said the 21-year-old may have sneaked some in. Machado seems to be progressing along, and it's believed that he isn't too far off running the bases. That's typically the final hurdle a player must clear, before returning to competitive action.
News: Matusz (illness) was released from the hospital late Friday night, after experiencing flu-like symptoms, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Impact: Matusz probably won't be at the ballpark Saturday since it would be a pretty quick turnaround time from departing the hospital. A Sunday or Monday return seems more likely.
News: Young went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Impact: Young has seen extended playing time thanks to a head injury to David Lough. Though the season is less than two weeks old, Young leads the Orioles in hitting thanks to two three-hit efforts in a row earlier this week. The Orioles are hitting him in the No. 2 spot in the order for now, between Nick Markakis and Adam Jones. Lough's return to the lineup would mean less playing time, but it's important to note that Young has outplayed Lough so far.
News: Lough is not in the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Lough has avoided a trip to the DL after passing standard concussion tests, but won't be in manager Buck Showalter's starting lineup on Friday. He'll give way to Nelson Cruz in left field, and Delmon Young will take over DH duties. For what it's worth, Lough should be available off the bench.
News: Hardy (back) is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Hardy said earlier this week that he was feeling better and expected to play Friday, but apparently this isn't the case. Hardy will be out of the lineup for his fifth consecutive game, though him being available off the bench hasn't been ruled out yet.
News: Matusz was hospitalized with an illness Friday night, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Matusz's illness is apparently a viral infection that has started to spread around the clubhouse, as hitting coach Jim Presley also developed similar symptoms. Manager Buck Showalter said Matusz's availability for Saturday night's game against the Blue Jays is uncertain.
News: Schoop was 1-for-3 but committed two throwing errors in a two-run fourth inning that proved to be the difference as the Orioles dropped a 2-0 decision to Toronto on Friday night.
Impact: He's getting regular playing time now but that may change when Manny Machado returns from the disabled list. The Orioles will soon need to decide whether he or Ryan Flaherty deserves more opportunities, and defensive lapses won't help his cause.
News: Tillman allowed just two runs (both unearned) on three hits and one walk, while striking out six over eight innings of a tough-luck 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night.
Impact: It was another sparkling performance and lowered Tillman's ERA to 0.84 on the young season, but his offense failed to provide any support, and his defense let him down in a two-run fourth inning that included two throwing errors. He'll hope for a better outcome in his next start at home against Tampa Bay.
News: Almanzar (knee) is almost ready to play in games at extended spring training, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: With Manny Machado recovering from offseason knee surgery, Almanzar had a chance to compete for playing time at the hot corner in spring training. He may have started the year in the minors, anyway, but a bout with patellar tendinitis ended his chances to open the season in Baltimore. If he's ready before Machado, there's still a chance Almanzar could temporarily get a look at third base. First, he'll head to extended spring training, which will likely be followed by a minor-league rehab assignment.
News: Machado (knee) will take a few at-bats in an extended spring game Saturday, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: It's not entirely clear where Machado stands in his recovery, but he continues to make progress in the right direction. He will not run the bases just yet, but he's not far from doing so.
News: Hardy (back) expects to return to the lineup Saturday, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Hardy will sit out Friday for the sixth time in seven games, but he felt good enough to play Friday, and is hoping that one more day of rest helps ensure he is completely healthy. Hardy's status for Saturday's game will ultimately be determined when they release their lineup prior to game time.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Schoop became the answer to a trivia question Wednesday.
Impact: Schoop became the first hitter to homer off Japanese stud Masahiro Tanaka in the Bronx, which is not bad for a No. 9 hitter.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Young whacked three more hits Wednesday.
Impact: Young went 6 for 11 in the series in the Bronx.
News: Lough (head) did not start Wednesday, but entered as a defensive replacement for Nelson Cruz. He says his injury is behind him, according to MASN Sports.
Impact: The good news for Lough is that he avoided the DL. He is just 2-for-19 this season, but he could return to the lineup Friday after getting another day off.
News: Schoop went 2-for-3 with a three run home run off Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday.
Impact: Schoop had his first big moment in the majors Wednesday, taking the Yankees' prized starter yard in the second inning. Schoop now has three extra base hits and five RBI on the young season, but his playing time stands to decrease once Manny Machado (knee) returns to the Orioles' lineup, unless the Orioles decide to bench Ryan Flaherty instead.
News: Hunter made things interesting Wednesday after allowing two hits and an earned run in the ninth, but ultimately notched his third save of the season.
Impact: Hunter gave up his first run of the season Wednesday, but was then able to induce a fly ball and double play to get out of the inning. Hunter is now a perfect 3-for-3 in save chances on the season, and looks to be building himself some job security.
News: Matusz was awarded the win Wednesday after he entered the game in relief of Evan Meek, and walked one batter in two-thirds of an inning.
Impact: Chalk this up as a bit of luck for Matusz, as the Orioles were able to take the lead in the top of the ninth against Yankees' closer Shawn Kelley. Tommy Hunter then came in to record the save in the ninth. Matusz will remain in the set-up role for the time being.
News: Gonalez didn't record a decision Wednesday, allowing seven hits, three earned runs and a walk with three strikeouts over six innings.
Impact: Gonzalez was victimized by the long ball in the second inning, but later settled down and gave up just one more run the rest of the way. He pitched well against a tough Yankee lineup, and will look to build off this momentum his next time out against the Rays.
News: Chen got an undeserved win Tuesday.
Impact: He weathered five innings for the win, giving up four runs and nine hits as the O's cruised past the Yanks 14-5.
News: Flaherty produced the fantasy goods Tuesday.
Impact: Flaherty had three hits even though he is not a household name with a career .216 average.
Steve Lombardozzi - #12 - Second Base - 6'0" - 198lbs
News: Lombardozzi enjoyed surprising fantasy success Tuesday.
Impact: Lombardozzi had three hits with his first RBI of 2014.
News: Young enjoyed fantasy success Tuesday.
Impact: Young went 3 for 6 with a two-run jack and three RBIs.
News: Hardy (back) expects to play Friday, MASNsports.com reports.
Impact: Hardy said that felt "much better" Wednesday than he did at any point Tuesday, and added that he will be available off the bench Wednesday. He's out of the lineup for the fifth time in the past six games, but Hardy seems confident that he'll be able to do some on-field work during Thursday's off day and will get the green light to play Friday.
News: Lough (concussion) will avoid the DL, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Impact: There were some murmurs that Lough could be DL-bound, but he reportedly passed his concussion tests and will remain on the active roster. Jemile Weeks got the call to join the big club, but won't be activated and will instead head right back down to Triple-A Norfolk.
News: Hardy (back) remains out of the starting lineup Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Impact: Hardy was hoping to return Wednesday, but evidently the training staff still hasn't given him the green light. He's sitting for the fifth time in the last six games, but the 31-year-old has been encouraged by his recent progress, so perhaps he'll be a go after Thursday's off day.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Wieters hit his second home run and drove in three runs in Tuesday's win over New York.
Impact: Wieters has hit safely in all seven games thus far while going 10 for 27 with six RBIs.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Jimenez fell to 0-2 Monday after allowing four runs and eight hits over 4 2-3 innings in a loss to the Yankees.
Impact: Orioles fans and fantasy owners alike have to be pretty disappointed thus far in Jimenez, who has a 6.75 ERA through two starts.
News: Lough will likely head to the DL Wednesday with a mysterious ailment, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Impact: The Orioles are calling up Jemile Weeks, and he will apparently take the spot of Lough, who uncharacteristically was not in the lineup against right-hander Ivan Nova on Tuesday. It's not clear what the reasoning is for Lough's suspected DL stint, but owners should make plans to be without him for a couple weeks.
News: Jones hit his first home run of a season, a two-run shot off Ivan Nova, in a 2-for-4 performance against the Yankees on Tuesday.
Impact: Jones had just two extra-base hits in 24 at-bats coming into the game, but doubled that number with a homer and a two-bagger Tuesday. The 28-year-old has struck out just twice in his last 16 trips to the plate. He'll face Masahiro Tanaka for the first time Wednesday.
News: Hardy (back) progressed nicely Tuesday and is hopeful that he'll be able to start Wednesday at the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: Tuesday's absence from the lineup will mark Hardy's fourth in the last five games due to lower back spasms, but after making strides in his recovery, he seems as if he'll avoid a stint on the disabled list. Ryan Flaherty has been holding down the fort at shortstop in Hardy's stead, and if the status quo reigns -- taking health into account -- the latter will push Flaherty back to a utility infield role.
News: Chen gave up four runs on nine hits and zero walks, while striking out three over five innings, but got the win over the Yankees on Tuesday.
Impact: It wasn't pretty for Chen, but he got plenty of run support and the Orioles ended up running away with it, 14-5. Chen has now given up a whopping 21 hits and eight earned runs through two starts, but hasn't allowed a walk and likely isn't in danger of losing his rotation spot yet.
Steve Clevenger - #45 - Catcher - 6'0" - 195lbs
News: Clevenger took grounders at third base during batting practice Tuesday, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: Clevenger came up as an infielder and was converted to catcher. It looks like he is an emergency backup in the infield, an area of need for the Orioles right now with J.J. Hardy out for the third day in a row.
News: Machado (knee) ran on a pool treadmill Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Impact: It appears Machado is ramping things up on his workout activities, though he is yet to run at full speed. The Orioles will continue to play it cautious and it looks like he is a couple of weeks away from returning. Several games in a minor league rehab is almost a certainty.
News: Lough is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.
Impact: Manager Buck Showalter said over the weekend that he would like to see Lough become the team's primary leadoff hitter, but he won't see much time in that role if he cannot consistently get hits, and he has just two in 19 at-bats so far this season. Still, after getting a break Tuesday, Lough figures to be back near the top of the order Wednesday against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.
News: Hardy (back) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, according to MASN's Roch Kubatko.
Impact: Hardy will miss his third game in a row and fourth in the last five. There is still no indication the Orioles are considering a DL stint, but any more of a prolonged absence and it could become an option. A following tweet from Kubatko noted Hardy is likely available off the bench Tuesday and manager Buck Showalter said he is close to being able to start, so he could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday.
News: Tillman outpitched Justin Verlander while working into the ninth inning, helping the Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 Sunday to avoid getting swept.
Impact: Tillman gave up five hits, including Torii Hunter's solo homer in the fourth. The right-hander was thankful to match a career-high 8 1-3 innings after missing some spots he was targeting. "I know I got away with a couple of pitches," Tillman said.
Preston Guilmet - #36 - Pitcher -
News: Baltimore acquired Guilmet from Cleveland in exchange for fellow minor leaguer Torsten Boss. The Orioles announced the deal Monday during their game against the New York Yankees. Guilmlet was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Impact: The 26-year-old Guilmet has a 2.57 ERA and 90 saves in 196 minor league games. He had a 1.68 ERA and 20 saves for Triple-A Columbus last year.
News: Flaherty's struggles continued Monday as he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Impact: The Orioles value Flaherty's versatility defensively, but the 27-year-old hasn't hit a lick thus far, going 1-for-21 through his first seven games of the season. He also has just one walk compared to eight strikeouts this year.
Nelson Cruz - #23 - Left Field - 6'2" - 230lbs
News: Cruz found success against the Yankees Monday, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Impact: The veteran outfielder now has five RBI in his first seven games with the Orioles. His first multi-hit game of the season raised his batting average to .250 on the young season.
News: Jimenez struggled mightily in a loss to the Yankees on Monday, allowing four runs in 4.2 innings.
Impact: Jimenez was plagued by control issues Monday, surrendering five walks after issuing three free passes in his first start of the season. Jimenez will look to improve his unsightly 6.75 ERA and 1.97 WHIP this weekend against the Blue Jays.
News: Reimold (neck) was transferred to the 60-day DL Monday.
Impact: Reimold has yet to take part in baseball activities, so his movement to the DL isn't overly surprising. The Orioles needed to make room on their 40-man roster for the recently acquired Preston Guilmet, and choosing to move Reimold suggests that they weren't overly optimistic about his timetable. He'll now be able to take his time with rehab, and should have several minor league appearances under his belt before getting the callup from Baltimore.
News: Reimold (neck) continues to receive treatment, and has yet to participate in baseball activities, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Reimold has been preparing to play in extended spring games, but it looks as if his health has prevented the Orioles from thrusting him into action just yet. He'll likely need several games in the minors to get his timing down before arriving in the big leagues, where he's expected to provide corner outfield depth.
News: Machado (knee) will increase the intensity of his baseball activities on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Machado will undergo what is being called a "step up day," in which he plans to ramp up his workload with respect to baseball activities. The next big step for him will be to run at full speed, and if this happens Monday, he could be cleared for minor league games within the week.
News: Hardy (back) is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Hardy has now missed three of the Orioles' last four contests due to different issues with back and neck spasms, which has to be frustrating for the 31-year-old. He says that his back had been feeling better prior to Monday's tilt, but there remains some stiffness there, so the Orioles chose to rest him another day. Ryan Flaherty will once again take on shortstop duties, while Jonathan Schoop mans the hot corner.
News: Hardy returned to action Saturday, going 0 for 5 in a 2-1, 12-inning win over Toronto.
Impact: Hardy is batting 5 for 20 without an extra-base hit so far this season.
News: Wieters went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Tigers.
Impact: Wieters is off to a hot start, collecting a hit in all five games in which he has played. He may take a seat Monday as the Orioles have a day game against the Yankees, but it does not come after a night game, so he may have enough rest before the game.
News: Tillman delivered 8.1 innings, allowing one run on a solo homer, in Sunday's win over the Tigers.
Impact: Tillman has held up well over his first two starts, both of them coming against superior offenses in the Red Sox and Tigers. He nearly went the distance Sunday, but was pulled after 113 pitches.
News: Hardy's status for Monday's matchup with the Yankees remains up in the air, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Hardy was a late scratch from Sunday's game after he experienced back spasms during pre-game warmups. He was able to field grounders before the game, but after he began experiencing back discomfort, he called it quits before taking batting practice. The Orioles currently don't have plans for any further tests, so they will continue to hope that rest is able to remedy the issue until further notice.
News: Peguero (wrist) will resume baseball activities Monday, which will include beginning a hitting progression, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Peguero had a cast removed from his wrist Wednesday, and after beginning strengthening exercises, looks to finally be ready for baseball-related activities. He'll likely provide organizational depth at the minor league level once he regains his health, as the Orioles don't really have a spot for him in their outfield at the moment.
News: Almanzar (knee) is set to "start light baseball stuff" Monday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Almanzar will get back to baseball activities Monday, as he continues to recover from patellar tendinitis in his left knee. Manny Machado, who has already began baseball activities, appears to be ahead of Almanzar with respect to rehab, so the Rule 5 pick will likely face tough competition when he is able to return from the DL.
News: Hardy (back) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Tigers, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Hardy was originally penciled in to start at shortstop, but was scratched after experiencing a back spasm that forced him to exit batting practice. This back spasm is different from what kept him out of the lineup Friday, however. Ryan Flaherty will get the start at shortstop in his place and will likely continue to see playing time there while Hardy is sidelined.
News: Machado will participate in "another functional baseball day" Sunday, which will include light jogging, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Machado continues inching towards a return, but no timeline has yet been established. The last hurdle he must clear is to partake in full sprints, and once this happens he should be very close to returning to games. Look for Machado to then play in a few minor league games to get his timing back before returning to the Orioles.
News: Lough went 1-for-4 with a triple, walk, stolen base and a run in Saturday's loss to the Tigers.
Impact: Lough got on base Friday, stole a base and scored on a "small ball" play, then he was moved to the leadoff position Saturday. He walked, stole another base and scored, then tripled later in the game. Nick Markakis was moved to the No. 5 spot in the order. Lough may continue to set the table when he starts from this point forward.
News: Norris took the loss Saturday in Detroit, allowing five runs on nine hits over five innings.
Impact: Norris struck out just two batters in a wholly unimpressive debut, but he at least managed to avoid any walks. His next start lines up for Friday against the Blue Jays in Baltimore.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez was ripped to shreds by Detroit on Friday.
Impact: Gonzalez allowed seven runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings. If you started him against the power-packed Tigers, there is no hope for your fantasy team.
News: Schoop will make his second start of the season at third base Saturday, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Through five games, Schoop has made two starts at second base and two others at third. Most of his reps will come at second base, but the Orioles seem to be set to rely on him defensively at the hot corner as well. He should continue to see a good amount of playing time, at least until Manny Machado (knee) returns. Schoop is 2-for-11 with four strikeouts to begin the season.
News: Flaherty isn't in Baltimore's lineup Saturday against the Tigers, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Flaherty takes a seat, after starting the season 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts. The Orioles should keep him in the lineup most of the time until Manny Machado (knee) is healthy and ready to assume his spot at third base.
News: Hardy (back) is in Saturday's lineup against the Tigers, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Hardy missed a game with back spasms, but it appears the injury is no longer an issue just one day later. He rarely misses time, so as long as that report is accurate, he should be in the lineup nearly everyday going forward.
News: Wieters was 3 for 4 with a double and drove in a run Thursday against Boston.
Impact: It's a nice start to the season for Wieters, who is 5 for 11 in three games.
News: Davis was 2 for 4 with a double Thursday against Boston.
Impact: It's early, but Thursday's performance probably had some of Davis' owners breathing sighs of relief after he opened the season with back-to-back 0-for-3 performances.
News: Chen lost his first start of 2014, allowing four runs and 12 hits over 5 2-3 innings of Thursday's defeat to Boston.
Impact: The 12 hits allowed by Chen were a career high.
News: Hardy is suffering from lower back spasms but expects to be in Saturday's lineup, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: Hardy clarified his injury after the announcement of Friday's lineup, stating that it's a "light spasm in his lower back." This is a condition that's affected Hardy during the Orioles' previous two contests, but it doesn't sound like a major injury at the moment, as Hardy is expected to suit up for Saturday's matchup against the Tigers. It's a situation worth monitoring, however, just in case the back flares up again prior to Saturday's first pitch.
Steve Lombardozzi - #12 - Second Base - 6'0" - 198lbs
News: Lombardozzi is in the lineup Friday against the Tigers, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: Lombardozzi will benefit from the slight lineup shuffle that the Orioles had to make with J.J. Hardy (back) out. Ryan Flaherty will handle shortstop with Jonathan Schoop at the hot corner, leaving second base open to Lombardozzi. Although the Orioles are downplaying the seriousness of the Hardy injury, this lineup will likely continue if he has to miss time beyond Friday.
News: Hardy is dealing with neck spasms, but is still available off the bench on Friday, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Hardy was given Friday off in favor of Ryan Flaherty, and it looks like something more may be going on here than just a typical day of rest. Manager Buck Showalter did say that Hardy would be available on Friday though, so it sounds like the situation shouldn't be pegged as overly serious.
Steve Clevenger - #45 - Catcher - 6'0" - 195lbs
News: Clevenger is in the lineup Friday against the Tigers, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: Clevenger will make his first start of the season, as the Orioles will give starter Matt Wieters a rest for the day game directly following Thursday night's contest in Boston. He'll try to follow up a solid spring from the six spot in the lineup.
News: Wieters is not in the lineup Friday against the Tigers, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: Wieters will get a day of rest, as the Orioles are playing a day game directly following Thursday's night game against the Red Sox. Steve Clevenger will take his place behind the plate, catching Miguel Gonzalez and batting sixth in the lineup.
News: Hardy is not in the lineup Friday against the Tigers, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: Hardy will take a seat Friday in favor of Ryan Flaherty, who will bat eighth in the lineup. Chalk this one up as a regular day of rest, and look for Hardy to be back in the lineup for the rest of the weekend's games.
Nick Markakis - #21 - Right Field - 6'1" - 190lbs
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Markakis (neck) is in the lineup Thursday against the Red Sox, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Markakis, who has been dealing with neck soreness, was given the day off on Wednesday, but it appears he's been cleared to return to action. He'll join Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz in the Orioles' outfield, with Delmon Young set to DH.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chen gave up four runs and 12 hits in 5.2 innings to take the loss against Boston on Thursday. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five.
Impact: Considering all the baserunners Chen allowed, he was probably fortunate to have surrendered just four runs, although only one of the 12 hits he gave up went for extra bases. He'll look for better results against the Yankees in his next start.
News: Jimenez opened the season by allowing four runs on five hits and three walks in six innings against the Red Sox Wednesday.
Impact: Jimenez was touched up for home runs by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli, accounting for all the runs he allowed. He struck out six batters against three walks. Those will usually be the numbers that define whether Jimenez is successful or not, though the long ball could be more of a problem for him in Baltimore than in Cleveland.
News: Peguero (wrist) had his cast removed Wednesday, has had no issues with his range of motion, and is beginning strengthening exercises, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Impact: He doesn't figure to see much action at the big league level, if he even gets the call, once he's fully healthy.
News: Reimold (neck) is preparing to play extended spring games, where he will play outfield every day, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Impact: Supposedly he's progressing nicely, but fantasy owners know by now not to put too much stock in the oft-injured Reimold. The Orioles' corner outfield spots could use some depth, so once Reimold proves healthy enough to contribute at the big-league level, he should get the call.
News: Flaherty is starting again at third base Wednesday against the Red Sox, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Flaherty went 0-for-3 on Opening Day but made several fine defensive plays. Jonathan Schoop and Steve Lombardozzi look like they will platoon at second base until Manny Machado returns. Flaherty appears set to play every day until then, but after that he will have to compete for the second base job.
News: Schoop is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Red Sox, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Schoop got the Opening Day start and singled in three at-bats. Steve Lombardozzi gets Wednesday's start. It looks like Schoop will platoon with Lombardozzi, with Schoop starting against left-handers. There is still a chance Schoop earns an every day shot if Lombardozzi does not perform.
Nick Markakis - #21 - Right Field - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: Markakis' neck is doing better, but he still has general soreness and came in for treatment on his off day Wednesday, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.
Impact: He was in the Opening Day lineup and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, but it sounds like he's not all the way recovered from the neck stiffness that bothered him late in Grapefruit League play. Given his declined performance and iffy health, the Orioles may give him more off days this season than in past years.
Joel Pineiro - #35 - Pitcher -
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | STATS
News: The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a minor league contract with former 16-game winner Pineiro.
Impact: Pineiro won 104 games from 2000 to 2011 with Seattle, St. Louis and the Los Angeles Angels. He won a career-high 16 games for Seattle in 2003. Pineiro has not pitched in the majors since 2011 with the Angels.
Nelson Cruz - #23 - Left Field - 6'2" - 230lbs
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Cruz celebrated his Orioles debut with a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning of Monday's season-opening 2-1 win over Boston.
Impact: Cruz finished the day 1 for 2 with two runs and a walk. He could be in for a big season in Baltimore.
News: Reimold was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list on Monday.
Impact: Reimold is recovering from cervical spine fusion surgery.
News: Peguero is opening the season on the 15-day disabled list.
Impact: Peguero is nursing a strained right wrist.
Edgmer Escalona - #59 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 215lbs
News: Escalona is on the 60-day disabled list to open the season.
Impact: Escalona is dealing with a sore right shoulder.
News: Almanzar is starting the season on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 23.
Impact: Almanzar is dealing with left patellar tendinitis.