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Hardy on back: "I'd say it's as close to 100 percent as possible"

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said his back feels much better and he expects to return to the lineup Wednesday night at Camden Yards. Hardy left yesterday's game after the seventh inning with a spasm in his lower back. Asked how the back feels today, Hardy replied, "Normal." "I'd say it's as close to 100 percent as possible," he added. "I think it's just kind of ... read more

Orioles and Reds lineups

J.J. Hardy isn't in the Orioles lineup for tonight's series opener against the Reds at Camden Yards. Hardy is day-to-day after leaving yesterday's game with a lower back spasm. Ryan Flaherty is starting at shortstop tonight. Alejandro De Aza is in left field. Nick Markakis is serving as the designated hitter tonight, with Nelson Cruz in right field. The Orioles made their roster moves official, ... read more

Observations on the expanded roster, a missing person and team chemistry

The clubhouse is getting more crowded today with the arrivals of reliever Ryan Webb, outfielder Quintin Berry and catcher Steve Clevenger. Left-hander T.J. McFarland returned yesterday, but he won't be recalled until this afternoon. Berry is the only real newcomer. The trade for Alejandro De Aza, another left-handed hitting, plus defensive outfielder with speed didn't impact Berry as the Orioles expanded their roster. You've seen ... read more

Hardy expects to play on Tuesday

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that outfielder Quintin Berry will have his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. Relievers Ryan Webb and T.J. McFarland and catcher Steve Clevenger will be recalled. Infielder Alexi Casilla is expected to join the taxi squad in Sarasota. The Orioles were checking on reliever Andrew Miller, who had a slight limp walking off the mound following the top of ... read more

Hardy leaves game after Hundley ties it (O's lose 6-4)

Another Oriole has gone to the trainers room with a physical ailment. Shortstop J.J. Hardy left today's game after the seventh inning with a spasm in his lower back. An update will be made available after the final out. Hardy reached in the bottom of the seventh on Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe's throwing error and scored on Nick Hundley's two-out, game-tying home run to ... read more

Paredes continues roll and Showalter talks about Jimenez (O's down 3-0)

Jimmy Paredes grounded a single into left field in the second inning, his sixth hit in 12 at-bats with the Orioles. I scrambled to research the guy after the Orioles claimed him from the Marlins on Feb. 15, laughed two days later when they lost him to the Royals, shrugged when the purchased him from the Royals on July 24, and envision him as a ... read more

Berry joining Orioles

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters earlier today that the club would add another position player to the expanded roster on Tuesday. As expected, it's outfielder Quintin Berry. I've received confirmation that Berry is headed to Baltimore and will be placed on the 40-man roster. Berry was hitting .285/.382/.367 in 112 games with Norfolk. He had 19 doubles, one triple, three homers, 35 RBIs and ... read more

More on the call-ups, Pearce and the taxi squad

The Orioles added to their roster today by recalling reliever Evan Meek and purchasing left-hander Joe Saunders' contract from Triple-A Norfolk. They're not finished. The Orioles will recall reliever Ryan Webb on Tuesday if his right shoulder passes today's test at Norfolk. Webb hasn't pitched since Aug. 27 due to tenderness in the shoulder and the Orioles want him to work an inning this afternoon. ... read more