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Chris Tillman to rejoin Orioles’ rotation Thursday


Orioles righty Chris Tillman had to be scratched from his scheduled start this past Sunday against the Angels after experiencing stiffness in back.

But it was nothing more than a minor injury.

Rich Dubroff of reports that Tillman made it through a game of catch Tuesday without issue and has been cleared to start this Thursday afternoon at Camden Yards in the Orioles’ series finale against the Mariners.

Tillman, the Opening Day starter for the Orioles, owns a disappointing 6.34 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 38 1/3 innings this season. He posted a 3.34 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 207 1/3 innings last year.

Video: Nelson Cruz slugs MLB-leading 16th home run

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Watch as Nelson Cruz reclaims the major league home run lead from Bryce Harper with this three-run shot to deep left-center field Tuesday evening against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez …

Seth Smith also went yard for the Mariners, but Baltimore marched back to win the game 9-4.

Drew Smyly might be able to return this season

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Rays starter Drew Smyly was diagnosed earlier this month with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and the initial expectation was that he would require season-ending surgery. But there have been some very positive developments along that front …

According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, there is growing optimism that Smyly will be able to heal the injury with rest and rehab and could even return to the Rays’ starting rotation later this season. Smyly is scheduled to meet with the Rays’ medical staff on Thursday to formulate a rehab plan.

Smyly had an outstanding 2.70 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 21/3 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings (three starts) this season before suffering the serious left shoulder injury. The 25-year-old southpaw boasts a 1.96 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 65/14 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings since joining the Rays via trade last summer.

Video: Seth Smith robs Adam Jones of a home run

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Mariners outfielder Seth Smith hit a leadoff homer in the top of the first inning Tuesday night off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez. And then he took one away from Adam Jones in the bottom half …

Wil Myers lands on disabled list with wrist injury

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From beat writer Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune …

Myers hadn’t appeared in a game since May 10 and the discomfort in his left wrist obviously wasn’t going away. He missed a significant portion of the 2014 season with a stress fracture in his other (right) wrist. Will Venable and Abraham Almonte will draw the majority of starts in center field while Myers is out.

Myers, 24, was batting .291/.340/.493 with five home runs and 19 RBI through 32 games this season.