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Trumbo out of starting lineup to rest knee

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BALTIMORE -- Mark Trumbo did not start in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Red Sox, as the outfielder/designated hitter was dealing with a sore right knee. He entered in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter, however, but struck out with two runners on base to end the game.

"Mark's knee's barking on him a little bit," said manager Buck Showalter. "I don't like some of the characteristics, so we're going to try to give him most of the second game last night, today and tomorrow. He'll probably get an injection today if I don't use him. We'll see when the doctor gets here."

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BALTIMORE -- Mark Trumbo did not start in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Red Sox, as the outfielder/designated hitter was dealing with a sore right knee. He entered in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter, however, but struck out with two runners on base to end the game.

"Mark's knee's barking on him a little bit," said manager Buck Showalter. "I don't like some of the characteristics, so we're going to try to give him most of the second game last night, today and tomorrow. He'll probably get an injection today if I don't use him. We'll see when the doctor gets here."

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Trumbo, who came into Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter, should be back in the lineup for the series against the Mets on Tuesday.

"That's the whole idea, if we can get through this," Showalter said. "He's a nice weapon off the bench last night. Allowed us to take a run at them."

Trumbo has had knee issues previously, and he has said that it's just a matter of managing it during the grind of a 162-game season. He's batting .316 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 20 games since the All-Star break.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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