Mus­cle strain ends Mi­ley’s strong start

LHP frus­trated at hav­ing to leave be­fore fifth; Mancini gets call-up

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Jon Me­oli jme­oli@balt­ twit­­oli

Left-han­der Wade Mi­ley, on his way to his best start since join­ing the Ori­oles, was re­moved from Sun­day’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays while mak­ing his warmup throws be­fore the fifth in­ning with a mus­cle strain in his back.

He re­tired the first nine bat­ters he faced and had thrown 67 pitches in four score­less in­nings. The in­jury ini­tially was called up­per-back cramps but later clar­i­fied. Mi­ley said he felt some­thing tighten just be­low his left shoul­der dur­ing the fi­nal at-bat of the fourth in­ning.

On a pitch to right fielder Steven Souza Jr., Mi­ley seemed to over­throw and go to the ground on his fol­low-through. Catcher Caleb Joseph came to the mound to check on him and give him a mo­ment to re­group.

“I slipped on a pitch, try­ing to go fast­ball, away,” Mi­ley said. “I kind of lost my bal­ance. I felt some­thing grab in my shoul­der blade area. It kind of stayed there and didn’t go away, and in be­tween in­nings, it kind of got a lit­tle worse. I felt it a lit­tle bit. I didn’t think it was smart to stay out there.”

The early exit came in a much-needed strong start for Mi­ley, who has been a dis­ap­point­ment since join­ing the team July 30 from the Seat­tle Mariners. He’s made two qual­ity starts in eight, and had an 8.41 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP in 351⁄ in­nings.

Mi­ley said it was tough to go out in the mid­dle of what was shap­ing up to be his best ap­pear­ance in seven weeks.

“Ab­so­lutely” frus­trat­ing, he said. “I thought I had some com­mand on the fast­ball. My game plan go­ing in was to be able to ex­e­cute. It’s just one of those things, I guess.”

“At this stage of the sea­son, I’ll take the four” in­nings, man­ager Buck Showal­ter said. “I’m hop­ing that he comes in to­mor­row and feels good and is an op­tion for us. I think we’ll know a lot more to­mor­row what we’re deal­ing with.” Wade Mi­ley Mancini gets the call: First-base prospect Trey Mancini, one of the top hit­ters in the team’s farm sys­tem, joined the Ori­oles on Sun­day for his first ma­jor league call-up.

“It’s a dream come true,” Mancini said be­fore the game at Cam­den Yards. “It’s the rea­son I’ve been play­ing base­ball since I was 4 years old, was to one day make the ma­jor leagues. It hasn’t all re­ally hit me yet ’cause it all hap­pened re­ally fast. I found out yes­ter­day evening, but I’m just try­ing to take it all in right now.”

Showal­ter said Mancini would be a right-handed-hit­ting as­set off the bench for the fi­nal two weeks of the reg­u­lar sea­son, and should ben­e­fit from be­ing with the team in such a high-stakes time.

Mancini hit .359 to win the East­ern League bat­ting ti­tle at Dou­ble-A Bowie in 2015, and has hit .282 with 20 home runs and 26 dou­bles in 142 games be­tween Bowie and Triple-A Nor­folk this year.

With the mi­nor league sea­son over, Mancini had spent the month at the team’s fa­cil­ity in Sara­sota, Fla., stay­ing ac­tive in case he was sum­moned. Surgery pend­ing for Pearce: To cre­ate a ros­ter spot for Mancini, the Ori­oles placed in­fielder-out­fielder Steve Pearce on the 60-day dis­abled list with a strained flexor mass in his right el­bow. Showal­ter said Pearce was con­tem­plat­ing surgery.

“It’s not Tommy John,” Showal­ter said. “It’s dif­fer­ent. This one is a four- to six-month re­hab. He wants to be ready for spring train­ing. I asked the same ques­tions. It’s not [Tommy John]. There’s three lit­tle places, ar­eas where he has got some tears. He wants to go in and re­pair as much as he can.”

Starters: R. Sox’s Price (16-8, 3.91) or TBA vs. Till­man (16-6, 3.72) or TBA

Starters: R. Sox’s Buch­holz (7-10, 5.20) or TBA vs. Gal­lardo (5-7, 5.77) or TBA

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