More on Lough and Casilla, Chen quotes
Orioles outfielder David Lough and infielder Alexi Casilla were both late scratches from Friday’s game, with Lough dealing with a neck issue and Casilla hyperextending his left knee.
“He had an appointment three o’clock to see somebody about it,” manager Showalter said of Lough, who drove back with Casilla to Sarasota. “I don’t sure what’s going on with it, his neck has been stiff, hasn’t felt quite right the last couple days. Decided to not take any chances with it…we wanted to get it looked at so it didn’t linger. Way too early to talk about it, but I know he’s dove a couple times in the outfield, he had that collision over in Fort Myers with the Red Sox. I don’t know.
He wanted to play, he’s not real happy about it.”
As for Casilla, he got hit covering the base on a double play a couple days ago and there was some swelling today and the knee didn’t feel quite right. Casilla was also slowed by a hamstring injury earlier in camp and has played in just three games.
The pair of injuries added to a growing list of issues for the Orioles, who are without catcher Matt Wieters (rolled ankle) and should have Nick Markakis tomorrow, though he’s had a little shoulder tendinitis.
“All of those would have been able to play during the season,” Showalter said. “They had stuff like that all year last year that they played through. There’s no reason to have it turn into something else. None of those are acute things to worry about long term. I’m anxious to see what they say about Cassy and David. I think they during the season they would have played and not been a DL kind of thing.”
Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen put on a clinic of what spring starts should be, and Showalter pointed it out to reporters post-game. He hit the 60-pitch mark on the nose and allowed one run on three hits over four innings.
“Yeah, I think everything is on pace according to the plan — only maybe some of my off-speed offerings I need to work on for a little bit,” Chen said through his interpreter. “But everything else is in place for getting ready for the opening series.”
“Except for the walk I issued in the second inning, I was overall pretty pleased with my start. But I didn’t have good command on that at-bat. I was upset about that. But except for that, I was pretty pleased.”