BALTIMORE --- After the Orioles knew that Chris Tillman would be unable to make Sunday’s start, they scratched Tyler Wilson from his scheduled outing for Norfolk at Indianapolis. Wilson flew to Baltimore Saturday, and he was in the clubhouse before the game.
Wilson is on the team’s taxi squad, and the Orioles must make a decision about him by 8 p.m. Monday
Tillman’s back, which had stiffened, is better, and manager Buck Showalter said that he could pitch on Tuesday against Seattle if he felt better.
Bud Norris, who is suffering from bronchitis, was sent home again on Saturday. Norris was scratched from that start, and Ubaldo Jimenez moved up to start then.
Matt Wieters played seven innings in an extended spring training game on Saturday. He’s yet to play back-to-back games behind the plate, and the Orioles are uncertain if he’s going to do that on his upcoming rehab assignment, which could start as soon as May 25.
When Wieters returns to the Orioles, which could come as early as June 4, Showalter said he would not play him and Caleb Joseph together. “Not unless I have a third catcher,” Showalter said.
It’s not likely that he’ll keep three catchers when Wieters returns. Ryan Lavarnway, who has started eight games is the current backup.
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Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado took an even larger lead in the latest update for 2018 MLB All-Star Game voting.
The superstar shortstop maintained his position at the top of American League shortstops in the second round of All-Star voting updates, released Tuesday morning.
After the first ballot was released, Machado led the shortstops category by over 100,00 votes.
This week, he now holds north of a 200,000-vote lead over last year’s American League starter, Carlos Correa.
The Astros’ Correa jumped from fourth to second this past week while the Indians’ Francisco Lindor dropped to third.
Machado now has 671,133 votes, seventh among all American League players. For the second straight week, Machado remained the only Orioles player on the list.
Through 69 games in 2018, Machado is batting .310 with 18 home runs, 15 doubles and 53 RBIs. He is posting his best OPS (.945) and on-base percentage (.377) in his career, a bright spot for the O’s, who sit dead last in MLB with a 20-50 record.
The All-Star voting will be open until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and fans can vote five times every 24 hours.
The next AL voting update will be announced June 26.
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The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.
Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor.
No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders.
The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.
The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.