Orioles option Navarro and recall Flaherty (plus lineups)

The Orioles made a roster move today, optioning infielder Yamaico Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk and recalling infielder Ryan Flaherty.

Flaherty was batting .265 with one double, two homers, five RBIs and four multi-hit games in eight games with the Tides. He was optioned on May 18 after batting .133 in 30 games with the Orioles.

Navarro batted .286 with two RBIs in eight games with the Orioles. His defense was inconsistent at second base.

Flaherty is starting tonight against the Nationals.

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

Chris Tillman RHP

For the Nats
Denard Span CF
Roger Bernadina RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Tyler Moore LF
Chad Tracy DH
Kurt Suzuki C
Danny Espinosa 2B

Jordan Zimmermann RHP

Reliever Pedro Strop was fielding ground balls at shortstop, his old position, before batting practice today. Third base coach Bobby Dickerson was hitting the grounders, with bullpen coach Bill Castro taking the throws at first base.

Strop played catch to loosen his arm before going to shortstop. Pitching coach Rick Adair stood next to him.

The Orioles videotaped the session. Interesting.

O.J. and Chanda Brigance will take the mound to throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Nationals. The Orioles will host O.J. and Chanda in honor of May being ALS Awareness Month. Also Thursday, the Brigance’s non-profit organization, The Brigance Brigade Foundation, will host the Orioles’ Community Booth, where representatives will be providing information on the organization and handing out giveaway items.

Brigance is one of the few professional football players to win both a CFL and NFL championship, and the only one to do it in the same city, Baltimore. After time with a number of NFL teams, Brigance joined the Ravens in 2000, helped the team claim a Super Bowl victory, and now works as Senior Advisor to Player Development.

In 2007, Brigance was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), a motor neuron disease. Following his diagnosis with ALS, O.J. and his wife Chanda created the Brigance Brigade Fund to raise funds to improve the quality of life of ALS patients and their families through much needed equipment and services.

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