4/4/2014 7:55 P.M. ET
Hardy sits with back spasms, may return Saturday
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
DETROIT -- Shortstop J.J. Hardy was not in Friday's starting lineup, as he's dealing with "light lower back spasms" and was held out for precautionary reasons.
"[We just] had a lot of things with the flight, the sleep, the weather, we didn't want it to turn into something else," manager Buck Showalter said of Hardy, who arrived in Detroit along with the rest of the team around 3:30 a.m. ET. "I was considering it anyway."
Hardy said he had been playing with the light spasms for the past two games and expected to be back in Saturday's lineup. Showalter said he had already written out the lineup with Hardy back at shortstop.
Ryan Flaherty got the start in Hardy's place, with Jonathan Schoop moving to third base and Steve Lombardozzi at second against his former club. Showalter relied on infield coach Bobby Dickerson's input with regard to where to slot each guy in order to set up the strongest possible defense.
Steve Clevenger got his first start of the season at catcher, which was the plan all along since Showalter didn't want him to sit for too long, and Matt Wieters caught on Thursday night.
Gausman makes first start for Norfolk
DETROIT -- Kevin Gausman made his first start for Norfolk on Friday night.
Gausman, the Orioles' No. 2 prospect, was scratched Thursday night with with the possibility that he could be the O's extra player if there was a doubleheader in Detroit on Saturday.
Gausman threw 71 pitches (44 strikes) in 4 2/3 innings. He did not allow a run, yielding three hits and walking two and striking out six.
Lefty T.J. McFarland had his start pushed back a day and will go on Sunday in Norfolk, following Steve Johnson. This allows the Orioles to space out their options, so they don't get into a situation where both Gausman and McFarland are unavailable to help the big league club.
• Manny Machado (knee) did functional baseball activities Thursday including some running. According to Friday's report, he felt good following the workout.
• Johan Santana had a 35-pitch side session on Friday, using all his pitches, and will throw a "situational" bullpen on Monday.
• Dylan Bundy also threw a 30-pitch side session at the team's complex in Sarasota, Fla.
• Francisco Peguero (wrist) is getting ready to start a hitting program next week, likely on Monday.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.