Orioles push Hunter's start back one day

May 02, 2012|By Dan Connolly

Manager Buck Showalter said right-hander Tommy Hunter has been dealing with an in-grown toenail and had it removed, so the club has decided to push his start back one day. Wei-Yin Chen will pitch as scheduled Friday, Jason Hammel will now start Saturday against the Boston Red Sox and Hunter will pitch the series finale on Sunday.

Showalter said it’s tough to determine exactly how long Tsuyoshi Wada will be sidelined after his elbow-ligament (Tommy John) surgery on May 11. A year is the usual timeline given, but Showalter said more would be known once the surgery is performed and the extent of the elbow injury is determined.

Lefty Zach Britton (shoulder) will throw batting practice/simulated game of three, 15-pitch innings on Saturday. If that goes well, he will participate in extended spring games on May 10 (45 pitches), May 15 (60 pitches) and May 21 (75 pitches). He would then be in line to begin a rehab assignment around May 26. Since he would likely need two rehab starts at the minimum, he is on schedule to return to the Orioles by early June, though that could change depending on team need.

Jim Presley was released from the hospital Wednesday after passing a kidney stone. It is his second one in two weeks.

Here is the Orioles lineup for Wednesday: Chavez 7, Hardy 6, Markakis 9, Jones 8, Wieters 2, Davis 3, Johnson DH, Reynolds 5, Andino 4. Arrieta 1.
The Yankees: Jeter 6, Granderson 8, Rodriguez DH, Cano 4, Teixeira 3, Ibanez 9, Chavez 5, Jones 7, Martin 2. Nova 1.

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