Orioles vs. Tigers Game 3
The Orioles placed Mike Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain prior to Saturday’s game, recalling reliever Jorge Rondon in his place.
Wright exited Friday’s game in the top of the fifth inning with what was initially called a calf cramp, but it was deemed serious enough to warrant an MRI on Saturday.
“I was trying to downplay it into a cramp so I could keep pitching,” said Wright, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk in a flurry of Trade Deadline moves Friday. “Now, it’s a 15-day DL. Hopefully it’s no longer than that and I’ll come back soon.”
There was some swelling and I guess blood from wear and tear. So, [it’s] a Grade 2 strain.”
Wright said he was given a timetable of 2-4 weeks, but obviously is hoping to be back on the shorter end of things. He will fly to Sarasota, Fla. on Sunday, along with Steve Pearce, to continue his rehab.
Rondon, 26, went 2-1 with a 2.01 ERA over 40 1/3 innings pitched (24 games)with Triple-A Norfolk this season. The right-hander was claimed off waivers by the Orioles from the Colorado Rockies on May 10 and will wear No. 57.
Chris Tillman is doubtful for his scheduled start on Monday as the right-hander is still getting treatment on his left ankle, which was rolled on the final out of Wednesday’s performance when covering first base on a grounder to first.
“He’s not going to pitch Monday, more than likely, because he hasn’t taken a work day,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “So, there’s two parts of it. One you test it on a work day and two, you see if it blows back up again. He doesn’t have a whole lot of swelling. He’s getting better everyday, so i don’t see it as a DL thing. If we get to Wednesday or something like that and Monday [starting] doesn’t happen. I still hold out hope he comes in tomorrow said this feels great, lets go.”
Showalter said the O’s wouldn’t pitch a starter on short rest to cover for Tillman, so it’d either be a bullpen guy or a call-up from Triple-A. Tyler Wilson is slated to start for the Tides on Monday.
Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Matt Wieters 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jimmy Paredes DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Kevin Gausman RHP