5/9/2014 7:27 P.M. ET
Davis to head to Double-A Bowie for rehab stint
By Jeff Seidel / Special to MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis took batting practice before Friday's game, crushing a number of pitches throughout Oriole Park, and the first baseman will head to Double-A Bowie on Saturday for a rehab assignment and be re-evaluated Sunday.
Davis (strained left oblique), who looked a lot like his former self, is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday.
"I've been told I've recovered quickly and that everything's going about as good as it could," Davis said before the Orioles' game on Friday. "It's tough to sit around and watch these guys play, even though they're winning."
Davis said he's now feeling better than he's felt all year.
"I felt better yesterday than I've felt in a really long time," Davis said.
Wieters taking measured approach with elbow
BALTIMORE -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said before Friday's game that they are taking things slowly with his injured elbow and that there is no time frame set to resume throwing.
He was in the lineup again for Friday's series opener against the Astros as the designated hitter, batting fifth.
"Right now, we're going to kind of take it day by day, week by week," Wieters said about throwing.
Wieters was examined by Dr. James Andrews earlier this week for his sore elbow and won't have to go on the disabled list, using rest to help everything settle down.
The catcher said that they're taking everything very carefully and not rushing.
"Throwing will be the key," Wieters said. "That's why we want to make sure it is calmed down before we do throw. That will be the ultimate final test."
Triple-A outfielder Urrutia to have hernia surgery
BALTIMORE -- Triple-A outfielder Henry Urrutia, who played with the Orioles during parts of 2013, will have sports hernia surgery Tuesday, manager Buck Showalter said before Friday's game with the Astros.
Showalter said that Urrutia, now playing with Triple-A Norfolk, should be back in six to eight weeks after next week's surgery in Philadelphia.
"It's frustrating, [but] he'll be back hopefully underneath two months, [and] finish up strong," Showalter said. "There's ways to catch up and be an option for us."
Urrutia had a .220 average with no homers and seven RBIs in 20 games so far with Norfolk this season. He last played on April 27.
Last year, Urrutia hit .276 in 24 games with the Orioles, his first appearance in the Major Leagues. He's been with Norfolk all season.
• The Orioles scored only 18 runs and made five errors during their six-game road trip to Minnesota and Tampa Bay. But they still came up with four wins in six games and come into the Astros series with a three-game winning streak.
• Nick Markakis came into Friday's game riding a 15-game hitting streak, and extended it to 16 with a single in the first, boasting the second-longest current streak in baseball behind Nolan Arenado's 28-game run.
• Closer Tommy Hunter was given the night off against the Rays on Thursday, but he still leads the American League with 10 saves.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.