ARLINGTON, Tex. -- In a day, the non-waiver trade deadline arrives. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that he won’t necessarily be relieved at
4 p.m. on
"It’s a false deadline. There’s going to be a trade made two days after it’s over," Showalter said. "The only relief will come from the players taking a little sigh, probably. As much as we try to act like that it’s not it…if it’s important to the players, it should be important to you."
Showalter predicts "there are going to be some really significant names change teams after the trade deadline."
Left-hander Zach Britton and right-hander Brad Brach are the names most frequently mentioned as trade possibilities. Outfielder Seth Smith and catcher Welington Castillo are also considered attractive commodities.
Showalter said that he likes how his team is handling the chatter surrounding it.
"You continue to be proud of it. It doesn’t really surprise me," Showalter said. "It’s not a bad thing. It’s just an unknown."
TRUMBO OUT: Mark Trumbo was in the original lineup, but he tweaked his back stretching in the weight room and was scratched. Trumbo, who had been listed as the designated hitter, was the only Oriole to play in each of the team’s first 103 games.
"Hopefully, it’s not a DL-able thing, and he’ll be around and ready to go," Showalter said.
GENTRY BACK: The Orioles selected the contract of outfielder Craig Gentry from Triple-A Norfolk. He’ll replace Hyun Soo Kim, who was traded on July 28 to Philadelphia in the deal for Jeremy Hellickson.
Gentry was not in the original lineup, but when Trumbo was hurt, he was inserted as the right fielder.
Hellickson is expected to be added to the roster on
July 31. The right-hander could start on
FLAHERTY CONTINUES TO REHAB: Infielder Ryan Flaherty, who is rehabbing at Double-A Bowie, will continue the rehab from his right shoulder strain this week.
Flaherty, who was 1-for-9 in his first two games with the Baysox, was scheduled to play a doubleheader at Bowie. He hit a two-run home run in the first game on July 30.
Showalter said that Flaherty needs to play all four infield positions and in the outfield before he’s activated.
"He’s going have to get around the diamond," Showalter said. "He’s been out a long time."
Flaherty last played in a major league game on
Bowie is on the road this week. Flaherty could play for Single-A Frederick. The Keys are home from
July 31-Aug. 2.
LEE MAY DIES: Lee May, who played for the Orioles from 1975-80, died on July 29 at 73 in Cincinnati.
May, who played first base and was the primary DH on the 1979 World Series team, led the American League in RBIs with 109 in 1976.
He hit 123 home runs and drove in 487 runs in six seasons with the Orioles.
May, who was the team’s hitting coach in 1995, also played with Cincinnati, Kansas City in Houston in an 18-year major league career.
He was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1998.