Today’s pitching matchup and an assortment of notes

Mike Wright continues to be linked to Tyler Wilson, no matter where they are and what roles they handle.

Wright is starting today’s series finale in Kansas City after Wilson allowed three runs in five innings last night and picked up the win. Wright faced the Royals once last year and surrendered four runs and four hits over five innings in a Sept. 11 start at Camden Yards.

Lorenzo Cain homered twice in three at-bats against Wright, who’s 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts this season.

Left-handers are batting .324 against Wright in his brief major league career. Right-handers are hitting .252.

Yordano Ventura is 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts this season. He’s allowed five runs in 16 innings, with 12 walks and 17 strikeouts.

Ventura is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in four career starts against the Orioles, with six runs allowed and 33 strikeouts in 26 innings.

J.J. Hardy is 4-for-10 against Ventura. Adam Jones is 4-for-13 with two home runs, Manny Machado is 3-for-7, Matt Wieters is 3-for-10, Chris Davis is 0-for-7 with six strikeouts and Jonathan Schoop is 1-for-11.

* We were led to believe that Yovani Gallardo would be examined yesterday by team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs, with an MRI providing more clarity on his shoulder issue. It turns out that Gallardo will have his MRI and session with Jacobs this afternoon in Baltimore.

An early diagnosis of shoulder biceps tendinitis offers some encouragement, but nothing more. It feels like more of an assumption. There’s inflammation in that area of his arm, but what’s causing it?

Brad-Brach.jpg* Brad Brach didn’t allow a run, hit or walk last night in 2 1/3 innings to lower his ERA to 0.79. He’s permitted only one run and four hits in 11 1/3 innings.

Brach is such an underrated piece of the bullpen and certainly one of the more underrated relievers in baseball. He’s also a ridiculous bargain at $1.25 million.

* I’m told that Double-A Bowie left-hander Chris Lee had two fastballs clocked at 99 mph in his April 17 start in Akron.

Lee pitched again last night and earned his third win in three decisions, allowing one run and three hits in six innings to lower his ERA to 2.95.

* Triple-A Norfolk infielder Steve Tolleson is on the disabled list with strained groin muscle, but he’s dealing with a second health issue. He’s also receiving treatment for a wrist injury.

Tolleson received a cortisone injection in the wrist and is sidelined indefinitely.

* You don’t hear much about outfielder DJ Stewart, last year’s first-round selection out of Florida State University.

He’s still got a lot of work to do before he justifies the pick.

Stewart, 22 was batting .178/.339/.244 in 14 games at Single-A Delmarva before last night. He was 8-for-45 with three doubles, no home runs, four RBIs, eight walks and 14 strikeouts.

There are concerns within the organization about his struggles at the plate - not hitting, not showing enough power - and his limitations in the field. It’s too early to label him a bust, but a college player in the South Atlantic League needs to start putting up big numbers.

Stewart played in 62 games at short-season Single-A Aberdeen last summer and batted .218/.288/.345 with eight doubles, two triples, six home runs and 24 RBIs.

* I wrote last week that Orioles minor league pitcher Gray Fenter underwent ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow earlier this month. The procedure took place at the end of spring training, according to director of minor league operations Brian Graham.

The Orioles selected Fenter in the seventh round of last year’s draft out of West Memphis High School in Arkansas. He received a $1 million signing bonus and posted a 1.66 ERA in nine appearances covering 21 2/3 innings in the Gulf Coast League.

“It’s a disappointment because he’s a young high school kid,” Graham said. “He’s got a good arm. He was making good strides.”

Fenter obviously is expected to make a full recovery, but his anticipated climb up the organizational ladder has been put on hold.

“It’s a setback in time,” Graham said. “He’s going to miss a year, a year-plus. But now we know that he’s going to be healthy.”

* Pitcher Branden Kline apparently is making a speedy recovery from ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in October.

Kline, a Frederick native and second-round pick in 2012 out of the University of Virginia, was shelved in late May and received a platelet-rich plasma injection to alleviate the elbow stiffness. He was cleared to pitch in the fall instructional league, but was shut down again after two appearances.

Kline, 24, was 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA in eight starts for Double-A Bowie.

“I’ll tell you who’s coming along good is Branden Kline,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “Don’t forget about him. He’s getting ready to get to the mound here shortly. He was a good-looking pitcher before he got hurt.”

* Former Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson has been impressive through five relief appearances with Triple-A Tacoma in the Mariners’ organization.

Johnson has allowed three runs and seven hits in 11 innings, with one walk and 14 strikeouts. The walk was issued to the first batter he faced.

Johnson is healthy and his fastball is touching 92-93 mph.

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