SARASOTA, Fla. – The Orioles’ goal in the last few games of spring training is to get out of Sarasota healthy.
In an 11-8 loss to the New York Yankees, the Orioles saw two players – both likely headed to the minors – leave the game with injuries.
Right-hander Jair Jurrjens left in the second inning after getting hit in the right side by a liner off the bat of designated hitter Thomas Neal. Jurrjens was diagnosed with a right rib bruise and will have an X-Ray on Thursday morning.
In the top of the eighth, reserve outfielder Chris Dickerson attempted to grab a ball in the right-center gap and stopped quickly to avoid running into right fielder Conor Jackson. Dickerson was checked by Orioles’ athletic trainer Richie Bancells and walked off the field, seeming to be limping slightly.
Manager Buck Showalter said after the game that Dickerson has a slight strain of his right Achilles and is considered day-to-day.
The Yankees added insult to injury with a sixth run seventh against Orioles minor leaguer Chris Petrini to take a commanding lead. Petrini gave up back-to-back homers to Brennan Boesch and Ben Francisco in the inning.
The Orioles struck back with five runs in the bottom of the seventh against New York farmhand Branden Pinder. The big blow was a three-run homer by Taylor Teagarden, his first of the spring. Nate McLouth also homered in a three-run fifth against Yankees starter David Phelps.
It wasn’t enough, as the Orioles dropped to 18-9-3 in Grapefruit League action.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun