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Orioles 'going to slow' down Trumbo's rehab

Harvey set for first 2018 action on Saturday with Bowie
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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have halted Mark Trumbo's rehab assignment. The designated hitter, who hasn't played this season due to a strained right quad, was 0-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday night for Double-A Bowie.

"Not a setback so to speak," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "[But] we're going to slow that down a little bit."

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have halted Mark Trumbo's rehab assignment. The designated hitter, who hasn't played this season due to a strained right quad, was 0-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday night for Double-A Bowie.

"Not a setback so to speak," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "[But] we're going to slow that down a little bit."

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Trumbo originally hurt the quad on March 6 in Grapefruit League play and missed a week. After playing on March 14, he reported discomfort and the Orioles sent him for an MRI the next day. At the time, Showalter said Trumbo would miss a minimum of three to four weeks.

Showalter had hoped Trumbo would be activated this weekend against the Red Sox. Instead of returning to Sarasota, Fla., for rehab, the slugger will travel with the team.

"Last night, he just didn't feel like pushing it," Showalter said. "Thought he still wasn't quite comfortable with that."

Harvey set for first start of '18
Hunter Harvey, the Orioles' top pitching prospect and No. 4 overall according to MLB Pipeline who was sent down to Bowie on Wednesday after not appearing in a game during his two days in the Major Leagues, will make his first start for the Baysox on Saturday.

"He had a good long work day here," Showalter said. "It's time for him to get on with this season."

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Harvey, who has never pitched above Class A Delmarva, will throw for two or three innings in his first start. He was the Orioles' top Draft pick in 2013 and had Tommy John surgery in July 2016.

"It's a big jump for him, especially from his inactivity with the injury," Showalter said. "I wouldn't be surprised to see him have his challenges early on."

The right-hander was recalled because the Orioles were short in the bullpen. It turned out he wasn't needed.

"I kind of wanted him to pitch, but I didn't want him to pitch," Showalter said.

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Showalter said that even though Harvey didn't get to pitch with the Orioles, the 23-year-old still learned a lot by watching.

"I know how much respect he's going to need to have for the level he's going to pitch at," Showalter said. "Because people are going to really love to get on him."

Showalter wanted to get back to a four-man bench, and the decision to summon infielder Engelb Vielma in place of Harvey gives the Orioles a true utility man for the first time this season.

Worth noting
• Outfielder Colby Rasmus, who had an MRI on his left hip on Tuesday, was found to have no further issues.

• After Wednesday night's game, the Orioles optioned right-hander pitcher Yefry Ramirez to Triple-A Norfolk. 

Ramirez was with the Orioles for two games but didn't appear in either. Showalter said that the Orioles will add a left-handed reliever to the 25-man roster for Friday's game on the road against the Red Sox. 
 

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Orioles on Wednesday.

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