Hardy and Lough return to lineup (plus Jays lineup, health updates)

Shortstop J.J. Hardy and left fielder David Lough have returned to the Orioles lineup for tonight’s game against the Blue Jays.

Hardy had been absent for six of the last seven games due to spasms and tightness in his lower back. Lough was tested for a concussion Wednesday due to dizziness and eye floaters, the same symptoms that caused the Orioles to shut him down in spring training.

Lough was out of the lineup on Tuesday, served as a ninth-inning defensive replacement on Wednesday and sat out last night’s game.

Steve Clevenger gets the start behind the plate. Matt Wieters will return to the lineup Sunday against left-hander Mark Buehrle.

Update: Brian Matusz is not here today after going to the hospital because of an illness last night. He could be back at game time, but it’s not expected to happen. Hitting coach Jim Presley, who also was absent last night because he’s sick, won’t be here.

For the Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Steve Clevenger C
J.J. Hardy SS
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
David Lough LF
Jonathan Schoop 3B

Bud Norris RHP

For the Blue Jays
Melky Cabrera LF
Maicer Izturis 2B
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Dioner Navarro C
Colby Rasmus CF
Brett Lawrie 3B
Ryan Goins SS

Drew Hutchison RHP

The pitching matchups for the series against the Rays read as follows:

Monday: Wei-Yin Chen versus Chris Archer
Tuesday: Miguel Gonzalez versus Jake Odorizzi
Wednesday: Chris Tillman versus David Price

Double-A Bowie’s Zach Davies was hit on the pitching elbow and left today’s start after two innings, according to a tweet from the Baysox.

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