Andino starting at third base, Thome receives epidural (Roberts update)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles haven’t announced any roster moves today.

Nate McLouth isn’t here, and I’m told the club won’t find out today whether he exercised the opt-out clause in his contract. Lew Ford is starting in left field.

Robert Andino has returned to the lineup. He’s starting at third base against Rays left-hander Matt Moore.

The Orioles did make one deal yesterday that flew under the radar. They sent Triple-A reliever Pat Neshek to the Athletics. I don’t have any other details, but it might have been a cash transaction.

Designated hitter Jim Thome received an epidural injection in his neck today in California to alleviate the discomfort caused by a herniated disc.

The Orioles have a locker set up for pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada, who wants to watch a game in the dugout. He’ll need a uniform to do it.

Wada will wear No. 18. Don’t pretend like you weren’t curious.

For the Orioles:
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Lew Ford LF
Omar Quintanilla 2B
Robert Andino 3B

Tommy Hunter RHP

For the Rays:
Jennings LF
Upton CF
Joyce RF
Zobrist 2B
Pena 1B
Keppinger DH
Roberts 3B
Lobaton C
Johnson SS

Moore LHP

NOTE: Brian Roberts underwent surgery today to repair a labral tear in his right hip.

Also, Showalter confirmed that Zach Britton will make another start, with Jake Arrieta remaining at Triple-A Norfolk.

The Athletics have added Neshek to their 25-man roster.

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