O’s set most of rotation for weekend (plus a game update)

TORONTO - We are still waiting to hear further word on Mark Trumbo, who went on the disabled list yesterday due to right knee inflammation. He can come back off the DL for the game at Kansas City on Aug. 31.

But whether he will make it back for that game seems to be in question. Manager Buck Showalter said the team got an update from the latest MRI, and that he might have more on that for reporters after the game.

“He talked to Mike (Jacobs, team orthopedist) afterwards and he’s exploring his options. I know Mike and him are asking around to see what the right course of action is.”

Trumbo was seeking an opinion today from Dr. Leigh Ann Curl, the head orthopaedic surgeon for the Baltimore Ravens.

The Orioles have set 75 percent of their rotation for a four-game, three-day weekend series at home with the New York Yankees. It includes a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.

Alex Cobb will start Friday night and Andrew Cashner will start one of Saturday’s games, with Dylan Bundy taking the mound on Sunday. The Orioles can add a 26th man for the doubleheader.

“We’ll see what we are going to do with Yefry (Ramírez),” said Showalter. “We are trying to keep from making a lot of moves if we can help it. Our options are a little limited on the roster right now.”

Bundy-Hand-to-Face-Gray-Sidebar.jpgShowalter is - as, no doubt, many Orioles fans are - curious to see how Bundy fares here tonight. Over his last seven starts he is 1-4 with an 8.33 ERA and 12 homers allowed over 35 2/3 innings.

“The same guy that pitched real well this year and last year is still in there,” Showalter said. “Every pitcher has his ups and downs. We just want to figure out what is causing them, and so does Dylan. Physically, he is fine, as far as I know.

“I think Dylan is mature enough to know this is part of it. But for him it’s too long a period of time. As good as he is with things like that - good and bad - I think this one, he’s had enough.”

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Villar doubled his steals total with the team last night, going from two to four in the first and third innings. Villar, who led the National League with 62 steals in 2016, is 18-for-20 on steal attempts this year. He went 14-for-16 with Milwauke and is 4-for-4 as an Oriole. What makes him good on the bases?

“A certain fearlessness. The good guys know when it’s not there. I was watching Dee Gordon from the Mariners last night. The guy on the mound was 1.2, 1.1 (seconds) to the plate and he didn’t go. It’s not there. You have to know sometimes when it’s not there,” the skipper said.

On the farm tonight, right-hander Cody Sedlock, the Orioles’ first round pick in the 2016 draft, returns to pitch at Single-A Frederick. He began the year with Frederick, going 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in three starts before being shut down with a right shoulder strain. He’s made rehab outings in the Gulf Coast League and with short-season Single-A Aberdeen. In his last start with Aberdeen, he threw four scoreless on Aug. 15.

O’s are down early: The Orioles fell behind 2-1 tonight when Aledmys Díaz homered to left in the second inning to break a 1-1 tie. It was his 16th home run and the 31st allowed by Bundy. In the Toronto first inning, Curtis Granderson led off with a double and scored on a single by Kendrys Morales. The O’s tied it on a Caleb Joseph bases-loaded single in the second. John Andreoli had an infield hit in his first Orioles at-bat.

Now down by four: The Blue Jays scored three runs in the fourth to lead 5-1. One bloop to left fell in front of Andreoli and one blast to center went over the head of Cedric Mullins. Later, Billy McKinney produced a two-run single, and another run scored on an error by third baseman Renato Núñez. The O’s had a bad inning and looked bad doing so.

Mullins homers: Mullins hit his second homer of the year to pull the O’s within 5-2 through 4 1/2 innings. He lined a changeup to right and it just cleared the wall on a 1-1 pitch.

Toronto homers three times in one inning: The Blue Jays blew it open with three homers off two pitchers in the fifth to lead 8-2. Bundy allowed back-to-back homers to Justin Smoak and Morales, and reliever Ryan Meisinger gave up one to McKinney.

Bundy has allowed 21 earned runs in 14 1/3 with six homers in his past three starts. Over his last eight starts his ERA is 9.08, with 15 homers allowed in 39 2/3 innings.

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