Lough could land on DL
SARASOTA, Fla.— David Lough is not progressing as quickly as the O’s would have hoped with the outfielder —who is dealing with a hamstring/back injury — now a potential to start the season on the disabled list.
Lough, who is 5-for-27 (.185) this spring, hasn’t played in a week and was scratched from Tuesday’s game with what was initially deemed low back spasms. It looks like Baltimore would like to be cautious with Lough’s injury, which would also allow them a way to keep switch-hitter Jimmy Parades, who doubled twice in Dunedin on Sunday. Parades, who is having a fantastic offensive spring, is out of Minor League options and would have to be exposed to waivers if he’s not on the 25-man Opening Day roster.
“It’s beginning to look like [a DL situation] more than it did,” manager Buck Showalter said of Lough. “I was hoping we’d get him out there playing today or tomorrow and not have a problem. He wants to get out there. Talking to him and getting him to be real frank with us, I think he’s actually pushing it a little bit where he shouldn’t. He knows some of the decisions going on.”
Showalter is planning on using Alejandro De Aza in centerfield on Monday, as Lough’s injury leaves the O’s without a backup centerfielder. Evereth Cabrera has also played some centerfield this spring, though the Orioles want to move him back to the infield in spring’s final week. He could be an option if he makes the club.