BALTIMORE -- Nick Markakis has still not been cleared to swing a bat, and the Orioles right fielder is now targeting a Friday return as he tries to return to the club before the All-Star break.
"It's frustrating, but that's the time the body needs to heal," Markakis said Tuesday, more than three weeks since having part of the hamate bone removed from his right wrist. "You can't rush it, just a matter of getting this incision closed up all the way. It's close, but hopefully [I'll be cleared in] a couple more days. We'll see."
On the disabled list for the first time in his career, Markakis has been with the team since his surgery and manager Buck Showalter isn't expecting to pencil him back in the starting lineup until at least July 5.
"There's a set procedure as far as what day [and] what have you," Showalter said. "But once he gets to that point [where he can swing], then we can start looking at the days. It's going to be close to the All-Star break. I don't see us getting him back before the Anaheim series at their place [July 5]."
Lindstrom activated from disabled list
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles activated reliever Matt Lindstrom from the disabled list on Wednesday, giving the right-hander an extra day of rest following Sunday's rehab outing.
The Orioles optioned infielder Steve Tolleson to Triple-A Norfolk.
Lefty Dana Eveland rejoined the team during Tuesday's game, flying back from California after wife Ashley gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy named Asher Perry, on Saturday night. Eveland was not placed on paternity leave, so he didn't need to be activated.
"With the off-day and everything, we are in pretty good shape bullpen-wise," manager Buck Showalter said of the decision to give Lindstrom an extra day. "We really want to keep Tommy active with a left-handed starter, to be able to have some length right-handed behind [lefty starter Brian Matusz]."
Hunter is a leading candidate to start Saturday's game against Cleveland with Eveland also an option. The Orioles don't have another off-day until the All-Star break.
Lindstrom, who was in the clubhouse prior to Tuesday's game, said the biggest hurdle in recovering from a partially torn ligament in his right middle finger was being able to let the ball go without worrying, which is something he overcame while rehabbing at the team's spring complex in Sarasota, Fla.
"It feels like it's been forever since I've been on the mound, but the rehab went well," said Lindstrom, who last pitched for the Orioles on May 10. "I'm just looking forward to getting back out there in the bullpen with the guys."
Lindstrom made 13 appearances before hitting the DL, pitching to a 1.29 ERA over 14 innings.
O's set to start negotiations with draftees Walker, Price
BALTIMORE -- With the College World Series ending Monday night, the Orioles are expected to get the ball rolling and start negotiations with two of their top 10 Draft picks: South Carolina first baseman Christian Walker (fourth round) and right-handed pitcher Matthew Price (seventh round) within the next day or two.
"We talked to their people before drafting them and we are under the impression we can get it done," amateur scouting director Gary Rajsich said Tuesday of the signability of Walker and Price, who lost to Arizona in the NCAA College World Series Monday night.
The club has signed 23 of its 40 draftees and Rajsich said the emphasis now is on signing the five guys remaining in the top 10 rounds and then re-evaluating the budget after that in determining whom to sign from the lower rounds.
The O's first two picks, LSU right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman and Virginia right-hander Branden Kline both remain unsigned, and although negotiations have started in both cases, there's not anything to suggest a signing is on the immediate horizon.
"Nothing unusual about the way it's progressing," Rajsich said of talks with Gausman and Kline's agents. Asked if he anticipated something to be done before this year's deadline, which was moved up to July 13 this year, Rajsich said: "I don't know, these things are two-sided propositions and both sides are going to have to come together, but we both know when the deadline is.
I wouldn't have any guess, I really wouldn't. It could be July 13, I don't know."
The Orioles are still optimistic they will sign their top 10 guys, a group that still includes Gausman, Kline, Walker, Price and fifth-rounder Colin Poche, a high school lefty from Texas. The club is also currently still scouting and evaluating some of their lower-round high school picks, getting another look at a handful of guys playing in summer leagues to determine which direction they want to go.
• Manager Buck Showalter confirmed Jake Arrieta will start on Friday with Brian Matusz going on Sunday.
• Jamie Moyer has signed a Minor League deal with Toronto, and will join their Triple-A club in Las Vegas. Moyer opted out of his deal with the Orioles over the weekend after a three-start audition with their Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk. He went 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA over 16 innings before requesting his release on Saturday.
• Nolan Reimold underwent successful surgery on his neck on Monday morning at Johns Hopkins hospital.
• Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer saluted 10 year-old Lindsey Duquette and others suffering from the kidney disease FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome while receiving The NephCure Foundation 2012 Public Service Award Sunday, June 24, at Countdown To A Cure - Baltimore at the Kettle Hill Restaurant. The charity affair, attended by over 100 people, was the culmination of a series of events encompassing "NephCure Day" in the City of Baltimore, helping raise over $30,000 for The NephCure Foundation, which fights the kidney disease FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome by funding research and providing education to families dealing with these diseases.
• Triple-A Norfolk's Zach Britton went five innings Tuesday night against Columbus, allowing three earned runs on five hits and four walks. Britton also struck out two in the 92-pitch start.
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