A few notes before tonight's game

Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel said his arm felt good today before he headed outdoors to play catch. If the session goes well, he'll do it again on Sunday or Monday.

Hammel told manager Buck Showalter that he was ready to start Sunday. Showalter assumed that Hammel was joking.

Bud Norris remains the scheduled starter for Saturday despite experiencing some lower-back tightness in his last outing. The Orioles gave him the option of starting Sunday, but he declined.

Scott Feldman will start Sunday if he's not needed in relief.

Kevin Gausman had his turn skipped at Triple-A Norfolk in part because of some soreness in his right arm. The Orioles don't consider it serious. They also are monitoring his innings.

Asked if Jim Johnson remains his closer, Showalter replied, "We have a lot of options and he's one of them."

If a change is made, Showalter said there won't be a grand announcement. We'll figure it out when the bullpen gates open.

Actually, we'll know if someone else is warming up.

Johnson has blown his last three save opportunities.

"My confidence is fine, Buck's confidence is fine and we're going to win tonight," Johnson said.

The Orioles held a team meeting before opening the clubhouse to reporters. Showalter wanted to discuss pitching coach Rick Adair's decision to take a personal leave of absence.

Showalter said there's no timetable for Adair's return, though he's hopeful that it happens this season.

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