BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said closer Jim Johnson appears to be improving and is coming closer to a release from the hospital.
"It looks like that he's heading in a good direction," Showalter said before Thursday's series finale with the Jays. "They said if he can hold the food down when he's going to be eating here shortly, they might release him [Friday] morning."
Johnson's been in the hospital with an unidentified illness since late Monday night/early Tuesday morning. Doctors haven't determined exactly what kind of illness or virus he has.
The big question now is when he'd be available again -- or who would be the closer Thursday since Pedro Strop has thrown two straight days.
After missing four games, Reimold returns
BALTIMORE -- Nolan Reimold, out of the starting lineup for four straight games with neck spasms, was back in the leadoff spot for Thursday's game with the Jays.
Reimold had missed five of the last six games and did a lot of work Tuesday without feeling any setbacks, so Orioles manager Buck Showalter put him back into the lineup.
"I'm doing better," said Reimold, who went 1-for-5 in the O's 5-2 victory. "I hit [Wednesday] and it didn't get worse or anything. It feels better today, and we'll give it a go."
Reimold last started Friday in Anaheim where he had problems in the game. If the neck starts bothering him again, the left fielder said he's not going to ignore it because the O's don't want him to regress.
"I know how it felt last time when I played, so if I feel that again, I will say something because I don't want it to act up as bad as it did out there in Anaheim," Reimold said. "I'll pay attention to it and not try to push through it because it might set me back for a long time if something does happen."
One reason the Orioles wanted him back in the lineup was his bat. He was batting .370 with five homers and 10 RBIs entering Thursday.
Wada to visit Dr. Yocum for opinion on elbow
BALTIMORE -- Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada will head to Los Angeles on Sunday to get a second opinion on his left elbow on Monday.
Wada, speaking through an interpreter, said he'll be seeing Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday for a second opinion on the ligament damage in his elbow that recently showed up. The pitcher said his first doctor said one option is that he doesn't have to have surgery and could try to rehab without it.
But if there's going to be surgery, it would probably be of the Tommy John variety.
The decision is going to be made after Wada sees Dr. Yocum next week.
"It's a little bit frustrating," Wada said through the interpreter. "But it already happened. So all [I'm] thinking about now is to be able to pitch 100 percent with a healthy body and [to] come back and help the team out."
Buck Showalter needs three wins to reach 1,000 for his career. He would be the 58th manager to reach that milestone.
Luis Ayala will have a wisdom tooth removed on the team's next off-day. Showalter said it's not an issue now.
Robert Andino is scheduled to return to Baltimore on Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET. He went back home to be with his wife for the delivery of their baby girl, who was born Wednesday.
Brian Matusz and former Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson visited children at the pediatric oncology clinic at the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai. They teamed up with the Casey Cares Foundation during the visit to talk with each patient, autographing and giving out over 200 T-shirts, bandanas and pins to the kids and their siblings. For more information, go to CaseyCares.org.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.