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• Designated hitter Jim Thome (herniated disk in neck) will take some swings in an instructional league game on Wednesday, with reliever Troy Patton scheduled to start Sunday's instructional league game.

• The O's named their organizational Players of the Month for August, with the honors going to Double-A Bowie left-hander Jacob Pettit and Triple-A Norfolk outfielder LJ Hoes. Hoes recently was promoted to Baltimore.

• Designated hitter Jim Thome (herniated disk in neck) will take some swings in an instructional league game on Wednesday, with reliever Troy Patton scheduled to start Sunday's instructional league game.

• The O's named their organizational Players of the Month for August, with the honors going to Double-A Bowie left-hander Jacob Pettit and Triple-A Norfolk outfielder LJ Hoes. Hoes recently was promoted to Baltimore.