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Orioles' David Lough nears return after stiff neck, concussion symptoms

By Eduardo A. Encina

The Baltimore Sun

12:47 PM EDT, March 19, 2014

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SARASOTA, Fla. – Orioles outfielder David Lough has passed a series of concussion tests and has one more to go through before he can return to games.

Lough was scratched from last Friday’s game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, and he hasn’t played since after complaining of neck stiffness and concussion symptoms, like dizziness and eye floaters.

“They wanted to take precaution and go through a concussion protocol,” Lough said. “I’ve been taking some tests. I have one more test to take, an impact test, and then I should be cleared to go.”

If Lough passes that final test, he’s expected to play in Thursday's Triple-A minor league game. He took batting practice before the Orioles' game today against the Tampa Bay Rays.

“I just wanted to be safe than sorry and get everything checked out and make everything good to go before the season and get back on the right track,” Lough said.

Asked if Lough knew what triggers the symptoms, he said he wasn’t sure but said they first arose after his inside-the-park home run attempt March 8 against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers.

“I think the inside-the-park home run, when we were in Boston, kind of possibly triggered it,” he said. “We’re not really sure. I made a couple of diving catches in the outfield, but after that was when I started getting symptoms. I hadn’t said anything for a couple of days, and when I did, they wanted to make sure everything was fine, so we had to run through some tests.”

Other notes:

-- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said third baseman Manny Machado is set to take a 6 a.m. flight Thursday to Los Angeles for an early afternoon appointment with Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The club’s hope was that Machado, who is rehabbing from offseason left knee surgery could be cleared to play in games. But Machado hasn’t returned to running the bases since a scar-tissue buildup in the knee halted his progress. He only has been running in the pool in recent days, but he could test the knee for the doctor in California.

-- Right-hander Dylan Bundy, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw off a flat mound for the first time this morning, throwing 15 pitches. He’s scheduled to throw two or three more sessions from the flat mound, then progress to a half mound. He is hoping to have his first full mound bullpen session March 31.

-- Left-hander Johan Santana (shoulder surgery) threw 25 pitches in his third throwing session from a flat mound. His next session will be from a half mound.