It’s been a fairly slow news day at Camden Yards, which is a nice change of pace.
Ubaldo Jimenez played catch in center field before batting practice to test his sprained right ankle. The Orioles placed him on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Kevin Gausman, who’s starting tonight against the Yankees.
Suk-min Yoon, on the minor league disabled list with an impingement in his right shoulder, pitched in a simulated game and is close to rejoining Triple-A Norfolk.
Veteran left-hander Randy Wolf has opted out of his contract with Norfolk.
Wolf, who signed a minor league deal on June 23, allowed nine runs (seven earned) and 18 hits in 15 innings over six appearances (one start). He walked five and struck out 12.
Steve Johnson, making his second start today at short-season Single-A Aberdeen, gave up a two-run homer in the first inning against Auburn before tossing a scoreless second and third. He allowed one hit and walked a batter over two innings in his first outing.
Johnson, on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, will make one or two more starts on his rehab assignment before returning to Norfolk, according to manager Buck Showalter.
Hunter Harvey tossed a scoreless inning for Team USA in the Futures Game, allowing a double, walking a batter and striking out two. He retired Double-A Bowie outfielder Dariel Alvarez on a ground ball.
Chris Davis is batting .197 heading into tonight’s game that leads into the All-Star break. He’s 12-for-97 (.124) with four home runs over his last 27 games since June 12.
The rest may do him good.
“I’m glad he’s not going to the All-Star Game,” Showalter said. “He could have gone purely on his defense. But with the baby, his wife, he’s got a lot of things that really define reality. I think it’s good that he kind of gets away. It’s always good for guys who have high expectations and it’s not there yet to kind of get around things that go, ‘OK, here’s what’s really important.’ Just make sure we keep that in mind as we go forward.
“He had the oblique (injury), and sometimes through that when guys come back from that they’re a little different mechanically. I think just getting away from it for four days ...
“I think he’s handled it well, all things considered. It’s tough for him, but he hasn’t wavered.”
The Blue Jays lost 3-0 to the Rays to fall 3 1/2 games behind the Orioles, who were 4 1/2 back at the break in 2013.
The Orioles are the lead dog this season, in first place at the break for the first time since 1997, but Showalter is more interested in where they finish.
“We’ve got, what, 68 games after tonight? So we’re well over the halfway point,” Showalter said.
“We may be in first place right now, but we still feel like we’re hunting something, as opposed to somebody us.”
For the Yankees
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Kelly Johnson LF
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Chase Whitley RHP