The Orioles won’t have outdoor batting practice this afternoon due to rain. However, they expect the game to start on time.
Mark Trumbo’s MRI today was “very positive,” according to manager Buck Showalter. Trumbo is on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right ribcage, but the club remains hopeful that he’ll be ready when eligible to return.
Ryan Flaherty continues his injury rehab assignment tonight by playing third base at Single-A Frederick. Flaherty will work out with the Orioles on Thursday and most likely head to Triple-A Norfolk.
The Orioles want to make certain that the discomfort doesn’t return to Flaherty’s right shoulder. This will be a gradual process.
The bone has healed in J.J. Hardy’s right wrist and he’s dealing only with some discomfort in the ligament. He continues exercises to build up the strength and may ready to rejoin the active roster on Aug. 18.
Showalter met with Hardy and assured the veteran the he would be the starting shortstop after coming off the disabled list. Showalter took it upon himself to speak with Hardy, in case there were any questions related to yesterday’s trade for Tim Beckham.
Beckham has minor league options in 2017 and 2018 and is under team control through 2020.
Asked whether he could envision carrying six starters in the rotation, Showalter said it was “a possibility,” but he would like to get back to a four-man bench. He’s short a position player with Trumbo on the disabled list and Jeremy Hellickson added to the staff.
For the Royals
Whit Merrifield 2B
Lorenzo Cain CF
Melky Cabrera RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Salvador Perez C
Mike Moustakas 3B
Brandon Moss DH
Alcides Escobar SS
Alex Gordon LF
Ian Kennedy RHP