By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
9:41 PM EDT, April 8, 2014
NEW YORK -- The Orioles are expected make a roster move Wednesday to place a player on the 15-day disabled list, but manager Buck Showalter wouldn't disclose the player following the team's 14-5 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday afternoon.
Utility player Jemile Weeks was not in Triple-A Norfolk's lineup Tuesday night, and he was making his way north to join the club for Wednesday’s game, according to an industry source.
The only available position player who didn’t play in Tuesday’s win was outfielder David Lough, who was 0-for-3 and played the entire game Monday in the club's 4-2 loss to the Yankees.
Lough missed seven days during spring training last month with neck soreness. At the time, Lough said he believed the injury was caused by sliding into home plate head first on an inside-the-park homer attempt. He has to pass a series of concussion tests before being cleared to return.
Meanwhile, shortstop J.J. Hardy said after Tuesday's game that he hopes to play in the series finale Wednesday in New York.
“I made big strides today,” Hardy said. “I had spasms in a big area that kind of moved to a small area, and that's normally what happened back in the day. I was really hoping for the SI joint to release today.
"It didn't, but when it does, that's kind of the last step for me being able to do everything. Once that goes, I feel like I can run around. I'm not going to rule out [tomorrow]. If I make as big a jump tomorrow as I did today, then yeah, I'll be pretty good to go.
“We'll see. Hopefully we'll have that much improvement tomorrow morning. There's still a little ways to go, but that's kind of the goal for me.”
If Hardy is able to return Wednesday, that would allow the Orioles to move Ryan Flaherty to third base and use Jonathan Schoop and Steve Lombardozzi in a platoon at second base.
Weeks, who was acquired from Oakland in the Jim Johnson, could also be used as a reserve second baseman.
He has also started in center field on Saturday in Norfolk and has played centerfield last season in Triple-A. He could fill in for Lough as the Orioles' backup option in centerfield for Adam Jones. With his speed, he could also be valuable as a pinch runner off the bench.
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