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06/29/12 1:15 AM ET

Eveland gets starting nod for Saturday

BALTIMORE -- Left-hander Dana Eveland has been announced as Saturday's starter, ending a week of speculation about who would be the fifth man in the Orioles rotation.

The past week has been a tumultuous one for Eveland, who traveled to California last weekend for the birth of his second child before battling travel issues to return Wednesday and throw two scoreless innings that night.

Because Eveland threw only 18 pitches on Wednesday -- less than the predetermined limit of 25 -- manager Buck Showalter said the team was comfortable with Eveland making his second start of the season on Saturday.

Against the Rays on May 11, Eveland allowed three runs on five hits and six walks in six innings on 95 pitches.

"Talking to him some yesterday, he'll probably be equipped to go somewhere close to 80 [pitches] is what he thinks," Showalter said. "We'll see if Cleveland has anything to say about that."

Eveland has been used in a long-relief role since the May 11 start, pitching to a 2.57 ERA in 21 innings over 10 appearances.

Right-hander Tommy Hunter, who has a 5.67 ERA through 13 starts and one relief appearance, was thought to be a candidate for Saturday's start, but will instead stay in the bullpen as a long reliever.

With lefties Wei-Yin Chen, Brian Matusz and now Eveland starting in the four-game series against Cleveland, Showalter said he would rather have a right-handed long-relief presence.

"Dana wouldn't play behind left-handed starters," Showalter said. "Tommy can handle that load. I hope we don't have to use him, but we need a long guy tonight. You always assume that you're going to need one. You better. And that can carry us over through the weekend, I hope."

Markakis not traveling to West Coast

BALTIMORE -- Nick Markakis will not be traveling to the West Coast with the rest of his teammates on Monday, instead leaving the team to continue receiving medical treatment locally with Class A Aberdeen and Double-A Bowie.

Markakis has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 1, the same day he underwent surgery to remove part of his broken right hamate bone.

Manager Buck Showalter did not rule out Markakis potentially returning before the All-Star break, although the Orioles will only have three games in Seattle and four in Anaheim remaining in the first half once the road trip begins.

Markakis has not yet been cleared to swing a bat. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Friday.

Markakis was hitting .256 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 48 starts in right field and two at designated hitter before beginning the DL stint, which was the first of his career.

Worth noting

• Dontrelle Willis lasted 2 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts Thursday in his first start for Triple-A Norfolk.

• Dylan Bundy allowed one run on four hits and no walks with five strikeouts in five innings for Class A Frederick on Thursday, lowering his ERA to 3.14.

• Five members of the Orioles' Double-A affiliate in Bowie were selected to participate in the Eastern League All-Star Game: outfielder Robbie Widlansky, second baseman Jonathan Schoop, infielder Buck Britton, right-handed pitcher Zach Clark and left-handed pitcher Pedro Viola.

Greg Luca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.