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Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers questions from Baltimore fans
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Will Chris Davis play on Friday?
-- Tim M., Charlotte, N.C.

That's the plan. Davis, who has been dealing with a left hand issue since April, didn't seem too concerned after he exited early in Tuesday's 11-2 win over Tampa Bay.

Will Chris Davis play on Friday?
-- Tim M., Charlotte, N.C.

That's the plan. Davis, who has been dealing with a left hand issue since April, didn't seem too concerned after he exited early in Tuesday's 11-2 win over Tampa Bay.

Manager Buck Showalter said the move to rest Davis on Wednesday (coupled with Thursday's off-day) was already decided on, though he did mention that Davis also got an X-ray.

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Is the injury bothering Davis? Yes. Is it enough to keep him out of the lineup during the playoff push? Probably not. As the first baseman put it, "Some days it hurts, some days it hurts worse."

Unless things get much worse, I'd expected Davis to be in the lineup against Detroit.

With Chris Tillman coming back, who leaves the rotation?
-- Josh S., Washington

No one -- at least, not yet. Ubaldo Jimenez, who got a second chance when Tillman hit the disabled list, will pitch on Saturday. Tillman will start on Sunday, and Showalter said the club will continue to look at pitching matchups.

Video: HOU@BAL: Tillman gets Correa to hit into double play

I can't image the Orioles are going to keep the six-man rotation for long, though. One would think they want Tillman and the red-hot Kevin Gausman to pitch in turn. If Jimenez keeps pitching well, it would put the pressure on Wade Miley (who starts Monday) and Yovani Gallardo to step up.

What's the latest on Joey Rickard?
-- Nick P., Charlotte, N.C.

Rickard, cleared for baseball activities after his last appointment on Friday, is in Sarasota, Fla., at the team's complex, working his way back. He is swinging and easing his way back into things, with the hope being the O's will have him for the last two weeks of the regular season.

Rickard's injury was a real blow for Baltimore and was unfortunate for the Rule 5 Draft pick, who got off to a great start to his Major League career. His potential return -- even just for a short spurt -- would be nice for both he and the team to close the year.

Is Dylan Bundy on any kind of innings limit?
-- Jeff H., Elkridge, Md.

Of course he is -- pretty much all of the Orioles' young arms are monitored. Ideally, those innings will go up incrementally each season, regardless of whether these pitchers are in the Major Leagues or at an affiliate.

Video: BAL@TB: Bundy gets Maile chasing strike three

The good news for Bundy and the O's is that he started the season in the bullpen and has just over 94 innings in 33 appearances. The bad news is that the standard rules for innings growth are tough to apply to him. Most teams either go up around 20 percent per year, or add 30 innings to a young pitcher's workload. The most innings Bundy has thrown as a pro was his first season in 2012, when he pitched 103 2/3 innings. He then had Tommy John surgery, and he hasn't logged more than 50 innings in a Minor League season since.

Bundy said after Wednesday's start that his arm isn't an issue and that he felt better in his last start than some of his previous.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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