Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that J.J. Hardy is getting an MRI on his left oblique.
It sounds like Hardy may have a strained oblique, which would put him back on the disabled list. The 32-year-old has played in only 23 games this season for Baltimore.
Alex Avila (knee) has been cleared for baseball-related activities.
And manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that he expects Avila to progress quickly now that his left knee is discomfort-free. There's still no exact timetable for the catcher's return, but mid-June seems like a fair target. James McCann will continue to serve as Detroit's primary backstop for now.
Kyle Ryan will start Friday against the White Sox.
Ryan allowed one run in three innings Wednesday in a start against the A's. The 23-year-old left-hander is not a good fantasy bet Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) is likely to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.
MLB.com's Jane Lee says Pomeranz will be put in the bullpen rather than added back to the rotation. But that could change. Pomeranz wound up missing around three weeks with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. He threw two hitless innings and struck out three Sunday at High-A Stockton in what was his only rehab appearance.
Justin Verlander (triceps) will make another rehab start at Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.
Verlander was hoping to join the Tigers after just one rehab outing, but he allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over just 2 2/3 innings last Sunday with Toledo. He needs to show some better results on Saturday. The veteran starter has been out all season with a right triceps strain.