Steve Johnson headed to DL, Orioles and Astros lineups (Avery called up)

The Orioles are prepared to place reliever Steve Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury.

Johnson felt the discomfort while warming up last night and allowed two home runs in 2 1/3 innings.

An announcement will come later in the day.

For the Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Dickerson RF
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Taylor Teagarden C

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

For the Astros
Brandon Barnes CF
Jimmy Paredes RF
Jason Castro C
J.D. Martinez LF
Carlos Pena DH
Chris Carter 1B
Ronny Cedeno SS
Matt Dominguez 3B
Marwin Gonzalez 2B

Bud Norris RHP

The Orioles announced that Davis has been selected as the AT&T Fans’ Choice Bobblehead. It will be distributed during Fan Appreciation Weekend on Sunday, Sept. 29 to the first 20,000 fans age 15 and over.

The voting concluded May 15, with Davis beating out Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Hammel, Jim Johnson and Nate McLouth.

Update: To take Johnson’s place on the roster, the Orioles have called up outfielder Xavier Avery from Triple-A Norfolk.

The Orioles made the move official, placing Johnson on the DL with a left oblique strain.

Avery, 23, began the season with Double-A Bowie, where he batted .300/.391/.406 with 34 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 39 games. He has also played in 15 games with Norfolk, batting .192 (10-52).

The Orioles could option Avery if they activate reliever Pedro Strop over the weekend, or they could add another pitcher.

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