There was plenty of news on the injury front after the Orioles’ 3-1 win over the Blue Jays Sunday afternoon:
-- Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who limped off the field after straining his right groin in the sixth inning, is optimistic he won’t miss time, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Gonzalez is in “jeopardy” of missing his next start.
Gonzalez grabbed his groin after striking out Adam Lind for the first out in the sixth.
“It happened, two three pitches before that,” Gonzalez said. “I thought I was feeling pretty good, but it tightened up a little bit, so I thought, you know what? Better to get out and get ready for the next one.”
After Showalter and head trainer Richie Bancells ran to the mound to see Gonzalez, the Orioles right-hander left the game. He was diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain, the least severe of the grades.
“I talked to Richie when I came out about it, and he took care of it,” Gonzalez said. “He told me it’s not that bad. What I see is not bad. So we are hoping I don’t have to miss my next start.”
Gonzalez said he’s never had any groin problems before. He has pitched 153 1/3 innings in his first full major league season and he club has given him extra days of rest whenever possible.
-- Left fielder Nate McLouth, who was hit by a pitch on the outside part of his right knee by Toronto reliever Kyle Drabek in the ninth inning Sunday, left the game but said he should be available for Tuesday’s game in Boston.
Showalter said McLouth could have remained in the game, but bringing in pinch runner Chris Dickerson allowed the Orioles a late-inning stolen base threat.
“It hit me in a weird spot,” McLouth said. “I don’t know if there’s a nerve there or what, but it went numb. It was a situation where I knew that where Buck wanted me to run and I wasn’t able to do that, so that’s why I had to come out.
-- Right-hander Bud Norris, who missed his last start and hadn’t thrown since Wednesday with right elbow stiffness, had a light throwing session Sunday. While he still felt some slight stiffness in the elbow, he’s still optimistic he can return to the Orioles starting rotation late in the week.
“It’s something where couple days off, I feel a lot better,” Norris said. “And I’m pleased with the results. ... After taking a couple days off, I knew stuff was still going to be in there, going to be a little tight and sore, but I’m excited with the progress.”
Norris will next throw a bullpen on Tuesday in Boston. If he’s able to throw a regular between-starts side session and comes out of it well, he could return to the rotation either Friday or Saturday in Tampa Bay.
“I can’t tell you he didn’t feel anything today but it’s much improved than where he was," Showalter said. "I think Tuesday will tell the tale of where he fits it.”