J.J. Hardy is out of the Orioles lineup for the second straight game. The shortstop told reporters in Houston that he would be getting an MRI to check on his oblique muscle.
For now, Hardy is out with soreness on his left side.
Ryan Flaherty is playing shortstop on Tuesday night. Steve Pearce is playing second. Everth Cabrera, who played short during Hardy’s time on the disabled list earlier this season, played there on Monday night, but manager Buck Showalter is hoping to get some more offense.
Adam Jones returns to center field after an absence of three games. He missed two games with a sprained left ankle and was designated hitter on Monday night.
Bud Norris is slated to pitch close to 100 pitches or seven innings, whichever comes first, in his rehab start at Norfolk according to the Virginian Pilot. Matt Wieters is leading off.
Former Orioles catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who was designated for assignment last week and signed a minor league contract with Atlanta is starting for Gwinnett against the Tides.
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