All-Star balloting update and Orioles notes

As the 2015 All-Star Game approaches, the Orioles remain shut out among the leaders in voting in the American League.

Adam Jones remains seventh among outfielders and Manny Machado remains fourth among third basemen.

The starting position players will be unveiled on Sunday, July 5th at 7:30 p.m on ESPN. Reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates for each league will be announced the following night on ESPN.

machado-disappointed-white-sidebar.jpgPitchers and reserves for both teams will be determined through a combination of player ballot choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.

The All-Star Game will be played on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

First basemen
1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, 11,594,518
2. Eric Hosmer, Royals, 9,150,908
3. Prince Fielder, Rangers, 2,716,049
4. Justin Smoak, Blue Jays, 2,463,708
5. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,892,027

Second basemen
1. Omar Infante, Royals, 7,514,642
2. Jose Altuve, Astros, 7,282,934
3. Jason Kipnis, Indians, 3,841,898
4. Ian Kinsler, Tigers, 3,522,753
5. Devon Travis, Blue Jays, 2,910,668

Third basemen
1. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays, 11,738,206
2. Mike Moustakas, Royals, 10,372,868
3. Nick Castellanos, Tigers, 2,076,933
4. Manny Machado, Orioles, 1,938,478
5. Adrian Beltre, Rangers, 1,416,216

Shortstops
1. Alcides Escobar, Royals, 10,057,381
2. Jose Iglesias, Tigers, 7,395,163
3. Jose Reyes, Blue Jays, 4,800,710
4. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox, 1,819,295
5. Jed Lowrie, Astros, 1,646,430

Designated hitters
1. Nelson Cruz, Mariners, 8,891,784
2. Kendrys Morales, Royals, 8,686,879
3. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays, 4,261,040
4. Victor Martinez, Tigers, 2,632,722
5. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, 1,984,514

Catchers
1. Salvador Perez, Royals, 11,666,785
2. Russell Martin, Blue Jays, 6,405,822
3. Stephen Vogt, Athletics, 5,445,813
4. Brian McCann, Yankees, 1,932,563
5. Alex Avila, Tigers, 1,857,585

Outfielders
1. Mike Trout, Angels, 11,461,212
2. Lorenzo Cain, Royals, 10,418,343
3. Alex Gordon, Royals, 8,934,052
4. Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers, 7,532,254
5. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, 7,401,632
6. Alex Rios, Royals, 6,445,677
7. Adam Jones, Orioles, 5,626,318
8. Michael Brantley, Indians, 3,211,743
9. J.D. Martinez, Tigers, 3,145,200
10. Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees, 2,690,291
11. Josh Reddick, Athletics, 2,636,134
12. Rajai Davis, Tigers, 2,479,400
13. Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox, 1,629,706
14. Torii Hunter, Twins, 1,568,877
15. Carlos Beltran, Yankees, 1,526,511

Kevin Gausman is the confirmed starter for Thursday night’s game against the Rangers. He’s expected to be optioned afterward so he can continue to pitch every fifth day, including during the All-Star break.

The Orioles will need to make a roster move on Thursday to create a spot for Gausman.

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop worked out today at Camden Yards and the Orioles are deciding on the next step. His injury rehab assignment runs through July 3 because he agreed to 15 days instead of 20. He could report to Triple-A Norfolk or Single-A Frederick to continue playing until activated from the disabled list.

Manager Buck Showalter said the team could “make a case” for optioning Schoop, but he’d have to stay down a minimum of 10 days unless replacing an injured player.

The Orioles are expected to add a seventh reliever fairly soon.

Dylan Bundy remains shut down with inflammation in his right shoulder and he’s not close to throwing again. Though surgery still isn’t being discussed, it’s possible that Bundy won’t pitch again this season.

Showalter said throwing isn’t “imminent” for Bundy. He declined to provide more details on Dr. James Andrews’ follow-up examination.

Hunter Harvey, on the disabled list with a strained flexor mass, is ready to start a throwing program.

Double-A Bowie right-hander Elih Villanueva has been named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 28 after he threw a complete-game shutout last Monday against the Trenton Thunder.

Single-A Frederick pitcher David Hess was named the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week after tossing five scoreless innings on Saturday against Salem.

Here’s the Rangers’ lineup:

Rougned Odor 2B
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Prince Fielder DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Joey Gallo LF
Elvis Andrus SS
Leonys Martin CF
Carlos Corporan C

Wandy Rodriguez LHP

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