BOSTON – Troy Patton will report to Norfolk on Tuesday to begin a scheduled eight-day assignment. Patton has been on the suspended list for a positive test for amphetamines. He’ll be eligible to pitch for the Orioles in their 26th game, scheduled for Apr. 30.
Patton is scheduled to stay with Norfolk throughout his assignment.
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Dylan Bundy and Johan Santana have made good progress in their rehabilitation, but neither is close to going out on an official rehab assignment, yet.
“One guy hasn’t even thrown a breaking ball,” manager Buck Showalter said of Bundy. “Once they’re in games, sim games, we’ll have a better idea of how they feel after they start. I’m encouraged with Johan’s velocity. I didn’t think it would come this fast.”
NOTES: Showalter said that Manny Machado was “sore in the right places” after his first simulated game on Saturday. He’ll play seven innings on Monday.
-Jonathan Schoop gets a start at second. “I don’t want him to get too far from second base. I want him to play some there, too. When Manny comes back, I want to keep our options open. I don’t want him to play all at one place,” Showalter said. “It’s good for him to stay connected.”
-Showalter wasn’t relieved to get the first replay challenge out of the way. “It’s just as challenging not to challenge. It’s the same decision,” he said.