Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Johnson, Jimenez set to wrap Interleague set

Since last weekend, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has spoken repeatedly about just getting to the O's off-day Thursday. A combination of activating two players Saturday, losing Manny Machado from Sunday through Wednesday while he serves his suspension and a one-game road trip to Texas created a hectic week.
But perhaps the trickiest day of the week is the game before the off-day, the second and final game of the Orioles' brief series with San Diego. The O's sent righty Mike Wright down after his last start, leaving them without a scheduled starter for Wednesday's contest.
Showalter didn't announce his starter for the game until after Tuesday's 10-7 loss, as he wasn't sure who he would need out of the bullpen in the games leading up to Wednesday.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will make his return to the rotation after he was moved to the bullpen June 14.
The Padres will start right-hander Erik Johnson for the third time since acquiring him from the White Sox for James Shields. The 26-year-old is 0-4 with a 7.66 ERA in four starts between the two clubs this season.
Things to know about this game
• The series against San Diego marks the Orioles' first Interleague games of the season. The O's and Padres are meeting for the first time since 2013, when they split the series, 2-2, and will play two more games next week in San Diego.
• Despite playing parts of the past four seasons with the White Sox, Johnson has never pitched against the Orioles in his career.
• Showalter said after Tuesday's game that lefty reliever Brian Duensing is probably headed to the disabled list with an elbow injury. The Orioles may call someone up for him before Wednesday's contest to provide more depth in the 'pen with Jimenez starting.
• Padres center fielder Jon Jay is day to day with a bruised right forearm after being hit by a fastball during Sunday's game. He's doubtful for Wednesday's contest, but the Padres remain hopeful Jay will avoid a stint on the disabled list.

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