DETROIT – For the first time this season, Chris Davis gets to be the designated hitter on Wednesday. With Travis Ishikawa on hand, perhaps temporarily, manager Buck Showalter is using the opportunity to give his star first baseman somewhat of a rest.
“I’d like to do it with more guys. There’s only one DH spot,” Showalter said. “None of our outfielders like Dhing at all, and that’s tough.”
The Orioles are off on Thursday, and the manager will rest Matt Wieters, starting Taylor Teagarden behind the plate. He’d also like to give J.J. Hardy a rest, but hasn’t done it yet.
With Miguel Gonzalez out on paternity leave, the Orioles are temporarily carrying an extra bench player, giving Showalter five bench men. He called it “a fleeting luxury” since someone will have to be cut to make room for Gonzalez.
Ishikawa, who was added on Tuesday to prevent him from becoming a free agent, could be traded.
NOTES: Showalter will probably announce the order of his pitchers for the Toronto series after the game. Jason Hammel, Miguel Gonzalez and Freddy Garcia are probably the three starters. Hammel has seemingly recovered from a stomach virus.
-Nolan Reimold was 0-for-3 with two strikeout s for Bowie in his first rehab assignment as the designated hitter on Tuesday night. Because the field conditions were wet, Reimold did not play the outfield and is slated to play the outfield.
-Cuban defector Henry Urrutia, who has been out with a sore lower back, has been cleared to play for the Baysox.
-In his rehab, Dylan Bundy has begun throwing from 90 feet.