TORONTO -- Orioles infielder Julio Lugo was in Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays after missing 12 games with headaches stemming from a partially pinched nerve.
"Get him back out there," said O's manager Buck Showalter about Lugo, who made his last start Sept. 4 vs. the Rays. "I think it's important for him, [it's been] a little process there getting back on the field. He's handled everything well. He's feeling really good and this is a good matchup for him."
Lugo was believed to have suffered the injury Aug 29, after being struck on the left side of his head with a pickoff throw from Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver. While Lugo served as a pinch-runner Sept. 10 against the Tigers, he had to be reexamined 10 days later before he was cleared to fully participate in baseball activities.
It has been a long ordeal for Lugo -- who batted second Saturday, serving as the designated hitter -- and Showalter felt he had earned the playing time.
"Just from a professional standpoint too, not that we owe it to him, but I think it's a good matchup for him and a chance for him to get on the field," Showalter said. Sooner or later you need to get him out there, and it's a good situation for him."
In 10 career at-bats vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero entering Saturday, Lugo had recorded four hits with one RBI and two strikeouts.
Reimold, Snyder back in Orioles' lineup
TORONTO -- Following a night that saw the Orioles amass 16 hits in a 6-4 loss, Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided for the second straight day to put September callups Nolan Reimold and Brandon Snyder in Saturday's lineup vs. the Blue Jays.
Reimold went 3-for-5 with a two-out RBI single in the seventh Friday, while Snyder went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the second frame.
Showalter was pleased with Snyder's bat, but even more with his glove.
"I thought he did a good job of doing with what they gave him," Showalter said of Snyder's plate appearances. "I was as impressed with him at first base as I was with his hitting. He made a couple real nice plays over there.
"You can see why we're high on Brandon's potential down the line. [Hopefully] he'll learn and grow from the experience and opportunities he got here, and we'll see where it takes us."
As for Reimold, who started the season with the Orioles only to be demoted to Triple-A Norfolk, Showalter feels he -- more than many players -- thrives off lineup stability.
"Reimold had a good game too," Showalter said. "I think the more you play him, that's why I try to give him back-to-back games here, to get the anxiety off him."
VandenHurk likely to start series finale
TORONTO -- Barring a lengthy extra-inning game or a shortened outing from starter Jeremy Guthrie on Saturday, right-hander Rick VandenHurk will get the nod in Sunday's tilt against the Blue Jays.
VandenHurk, since being called up from Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 16, has served out of the Orioles' bullpen as a middle reliever, posting a 4.38 ERA over 12 1/3 innings. He began the year with the Marlins, making two relief appearances between June 8-11. The 25-year-old's last start was Oct. 2, 2009, vs. the Phillies.
Left-hander Brian Matusz and right-hander Brad Bergesen will pitch Monday and Tuesday against the Rays, respectively. Kevin Millwood will start Wednesday's series finale.
The Orioles outhit the Jays, 16-5, on Friday but fell, 6-4. The last time a Major League team had a hit advantage of 11 and lost was on Aug. 15, 1989, when the Rangers lost to the Mariners. The Mariners won, 2-0, despite being outhit, 13-1, according to Elias Sports Bureau. ... With Friday night's loss, the Orioles fell to 0-7 at Rogers Centre this season. They have won just two of their past 23 appearances in Toronto.
Quote to note
"It felt like [Jose Bautista] had nine tonight. That's what [the Jays] have done all year -- hit a lot of home runs. ... Certainly home runs add up quicker than singles." -- Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, after Bautista hit two homers Friday to tie a single-season mark vs. the Orioles, with nine
James Hall is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.