08/21/10 3:40 PM ET
O's Johnson set to pitch back-to-back days
By Jeff Seidel / Special to MLB.com
Johnson's on the 60-day disabled list -- he's been out since May 28 with elbow inflammation -- and manager Buck Showalter said that if the Orioles' game ends early enough at Camden Yards, he might go down to Bowie and watch.
In addition, Showalter said Johnson is scheduled to throw back-to-back again on Tuesday and Wednesday. That comes after two days off, and the Orioles will take a hard look at his situation at that point.
"If that goes well, it becomes a baseball decision," Showalter said. "That's the plan right now. It could change, depending on how things go tonight. It's not a pure September 1 thing."
Since Johnson's on the 60-day DL, the Orioles would have to make a move on the 40-man roster to put him back on. Showalter indicated the team could then put Jason Berken on the 60-day.
Showalter turns page following ejection
BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't expecting any problems in Saturday's game after both he and right fielder Nick Markakis were ejected following arguments with home-plate umpire Jeff Nelson on Friday night.
Markakis was ejected for the first time in his career during Friday's 2-0 loss against Texas. Nelson and Markakis began having words during his sixth-inning at-bat.
It escalated after Nelson called a strike on a 1-0 pitch from Texas starter C.J. Wilson that appeared outside.
Nelson then called the next two pitches strikes and threw Markakis out after the two started arguing following the final pitch.
Showalter then got tossed in the ninth inning after offering some of his opinions, but said it's a new day.
"Turn the page," Showalter said. "I only take the [lineup] card out the first day, probably [will] take it out today. It's a tough game to umpire. The game moves so fast sometimes."
Lugo in outfield a strategic move for O's
BALTIMORE -- Playing the outfield could give infielder Julio Lugo more value to the Orioles or any other team. That's the message manager Buck Showalter gave him when the two talked about Lugo starting to take up the outfield.
Lugo played left field Friday, the first time he's been in the outfield in six years. He misplayed a Josh Hamilton line drive, but it was scored a double as it flew right over Lugo's head early in the game.
But Showalter said he put Lugo out there more as a strategic move, packing the Baltimore lineup with eight right-handed batters against C.J. Wilson, who held left-handed hitters to a .103 average (best in the Majors) heading into Friday's game.
"It may happen again," Showalter said. "Yesterday was a lot about the matchups. I wouldn't look for it a lot."
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.