Trumbo out of lineup with back spasms

O’Day closer to re­turn; Drake takes ad­van­tage of new roles in bullpen

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Jon Me­oli jme­oli@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/JonMe­oli

Ori­oles out­fielder-des­ig­nated hit­ter Mark Trumbo, the ma­jor league home run leader at 42 en­ter­ing Fri­day, was out of the lineup for just the sec­ond time this sea­son with back spasms.

“Trumbo came in with some back spasms — some­thing he has, he told me, a cou­ple times a year,” man­ager Buck Showal­ter said. “They man­age pretty quickly. Hope­fully, that’ll man­age by game time and he’ll be avail­able to us. That’s the way I will present it. We’ll see what hap­pens.”

Trumbo, who is bat­ting .248 with a team-high 100 RBIs in what has been a re­nais­sance sea­son for the slug­ging cor­ner man, didn’t play Fri­day night. He joins a grow­ing list of in­jured Ori­oles out­field­ers who are test­ing the club’s depth at a time when it is for­tu­nate to have an ex­panded ros­ter to cover for it.

The Ori­oles were hop­ing to have rookie Joey Rickard (torn thumb lig­a­ment) back by now, but Showal­ter said he’s look­ing in­creas­ingly un­likely to hit his Mon­day el­i­gi­bil­ity date to come off the 60-day dis­abled list.

“Rickard started fac­ing live pitch­ing [Fri­day], and it did not go well,” Showal­ter said. “We’ll see how he feels later on. He took one or two swings, then went in. That kind of plays into whether or not we need to [do some­thing]. We thought he might be with us Mon­day, but it’s not look­ing like that’s go­ing to hap­pen. With him, Steve Pearce, now Trumbo, we may have to go grab some­body.”

Pearce, who was ac­quired at the non­waiver trade dead­line from the Tampa Bay Rays, had a platelet-rich plasma in­jec­tion on his right el­bow Wed­nes­day and is shut down for at least a week.

In the in­terim, the in­juries mean more con­sis­tent play­ing time for Hyun Soo Kim and Michael Bourn, plus des­ig­nated hit­ter Pe­dro Al­varez. All three were in Fri­day’s lineup, though Showal­ter will likely use his ex­panded bench to find ev­ery pla­toon ad­van­tage avail­able.

“Kim was go­ing to play [Fri­day] any­way,” Showal­ter said. “He was in left field, and prob­a­bly play [tonight]. We’re not that far down. We’ll see what we’re go­ing to do Sun­day with [Jake] Odorizzi. But it’s a lot eas­ier with a 40-man ros­ter, I’ll tell you that. This isn’t a DL-able in­jury, so we’d be play­ing short like we’ve done quite of­ten this year.” O’Day re­turn loom­ing: Re­liever Dar­ren O’Day (strained right ro­ta­tor cuff ) had a sec­ond sim­u­lated game Fri­day, throw­ing 26 pitches and com­ing through feel­ing well, Showal­ter said.

“He’ll take to­mor­row and pro­vided he feels OK, we’ll make a de­ci­sion on Sun­day or Mon­day,” Showal­ter said. “He threw around 25, 26 pitches to­day. He felt pretty good, and we’ll see what to­mor­row brings. If we have a prob­lem there, we’ll make a de­ci­sion on Sun­day or Mon­day. We’ve got the day game Sun­day, so I don’t know if that’ll fig­ure into the de­ci­sion or not.”

Showal­ter said the club would like to ease O’Day back but that that’s not al­ways pos­si­ble. Drake us­ing op­por­tu­nity: Septem­ber ros­ter ex­pan­sion has cre­ated plenty of new roles for pitch­ers in the Ori­oles bullpen, and none have taken ad­van­tage more than Oliver Drake.

With two score­less in­nings Thurs­day, Drake has struck out 11 in 72⁄ in­nings while al­low­ing two runs on three hits in five ap­pear­ances since his Aug. 28 call-up, cap­i­tal­iz­ing on an award-win­ning mi­nor league sea­son and turn­ing it into suc­cess with the Ori­oles.

“It’s just be­ing con­sis­tent each out­ing out there,” Drake said. “There’s been other times when I’ve come up and done well one out­ing, then I start to strug­gle and strug­gle, then done well. It’s nice to have a stretch right now where I’m go­ing out there and I con­sis­tently feel like I’m throw­ing the ball pretty well.” Around the horn: Showal­ter con­firmed that left-han­der Wade Mi­ley will start Sun­day in the se­ries fi­nale against the Rays. … The Ori­oles named left-han­der Don­nie Hart the Jim Palmer Mi­nor League Pitcher of the Year and named catcher Chance Sisco the Brooks Robin­son Mi­nor League Player of the Year. Third base­man Drew Dosch won the El­rod Hen­dricks Mi­nor League Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award. They will be hon­ored tonight at Cam­den Yards.

Starters: R. Sox’s Por­cello (20-4, 3.12) or TBA vs. Dylan Bundy (9-5, 3.88) or TBA

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