Till­man and O’Day are pro­gress­ing

RHP to re­turn Sun­day; setup man could be ac­ti­vated Wed­nes­day

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Eduardo A. Encina eencina@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­dieInTheYard

ST. PETERS­BURG, FLA. — The Ori­oles have a bet­ter idea of when they will get right-han­der Chris Till­man and setup man Dar­ren O’Day back from the dis­abled list after both pitch­ers threw bullpen ses­sions be­fore Wed­nes­day’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Get­ting both pitch­ers back — the team’s most re­li­able starter and its top eighth-in­ning re­liever — would give the Ori­oles a ma­jor boost down the stretch.

Till­man is still sched­uled to re­turn from the DL to start Sun­day’s se­ries fi­nale in Detroit after Wed­nes­day’s ses­sion went well.

Man­ager Buck Showal­ter said Till­man, who has been on the DL for two weeks with right shoul­der bur­si­tis, will throw an­other light bullpen ses­sion Fri­day be­fore re­turn­ing against the Tigers.

O’Day, who threw a 26-pitch side ses­sion Wed­nes­day, will also throw an­other bullpen ses­sion Fri­day, then is sched­uled to pitch a sim­u­lated game Mon­day or Tues­day. That would be O’Day’s fi­nal hur­dle be­fore be­ing able to re­turn from his right ro­ta­tor cuff strain. He could be ac­ti­vated as early as Wed­nes­day.

“I felt good,” O’Day said. “No pain, so that’s good. … It’s the best it’s felt since I got hurt, so that’s en­cour­ag­ing.”

Showal­ter said the Ori­oles don’t be­lieve Till­man needs a sim­u­lated game be­fore re­turn­ing be­cause he last pitched Aug. 20.

O’Day missed nearly eight weeks with a slow-heal­ing ham­string strain, then made eight ap­pear­ances be­fore re­turn­ing to the DL with a shoul­der in­jury Aug. 13.

“[O’Day] needs to face some hit­ters and get into some game sit­u­a­tions, some ups and downs, where Chris isn’t that far re­moved from pitch­ing in a game,” Showal­ter said. Chris Till­man Day off for Davis: First base­man Chris Davis, who left Tues­day night’s game in the fifth in­ning with a bruised left hand, was given Wed­nes­day off. He’ll have two days’ rest with the team’s day off to­day.

Davis, who said after Tues­day’s game that he would be back in the lineup Wed­nes­day, has dealt with dis­com­fort in his left hand since April.

“I don’t think peo­ple some­times com­pletely re­spect the pound­ing guys’ hands take hit­ting,” Showal­ter said. “There are so many more swings taken by guys now than they used to take. … Just wear and tear.”

Showal­ter said Davis had pre­cau­tion­ary X-rays taken on his hand, but there was noth­ing to in­di­cate the in­jury wors­ened to the point that Davis will miss time. Showal­ter work­ing the matchups: Right-han­der Ubaldo Jimenez will start Satur­day in Detroit, re­main­ing on reg­u­lar rest, a sign that Showal­ter will align his ro­ta­tion based on matchups and other fac­tors down the stretch as Till­man re­turns from the DL. Showal­ter said he wants to keep Jimenez on four days’ rest.

Till­man is sched­uled to start Sun­day and left-han­der Wade Mi­ley is sched­uled to start Mon­day night’s se­ries opener in Bos­ton. When Till­man re­turns, Showal­ter will have six starters to choose from.

“It’s go­ing to be a day-to-day thing,” Showal­ter said. Around the horn: De­spite Wed­nes­day’s loss, the Ori­oles have won11 of 15 games against the Rays this sea­son. They will host the Rays for a four-game se­ries start­ing next week at Cam­den Yards. … Wed­nes­day’s game marked the fourth time in club his­tory the Ori­oles lost a nonex­tra-in­ning game in which their pitch­ing staff struck out 15 or more. The pre­vi­ous time was Game 1 of a dou­ble­header against the Oak­land Ath­let­ics on Sept. 23, 1999, a 9-6 loss. … Showal­ter said left-han­der Jayson Aquino will re­port to Sara­sota, Fla., after Sun­day’s game to work out with a group of play­ers re­main­ing ac­tive in case a call-up is needed. … Pitch­ing coach Dave Wal­lace will be away from the team for the next four days deal­ing with fam­ily con­cerns. Bullpen coach Dom Chiti will be in the dugout to serve as pitch­ing coach, and player de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Brian Gra­ham will be in the bullpen. Wal­lace will re­join the team in Bos­ton on Mon­day.

Starters: Chris Till­man (15-5, 3.76) vs. Tigers’ Justin Ver­lan­der (14-7, 3.28)

Starters: Wade Mi­ley (8-12, 5.49) vs. Red Sox’s Steven Wright (13-6, 3.33)

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