Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with the media this morning and said RHP Justin Duchscherer's extended spring outing, which was supposed to last between 60 and 70 pitches, ended in the first inning due to more hip discomfort.
Showalter said he believed Duchscherer was attempting to field a bunt -- perhaps on the first hitter -- when he felt pain in his surgically repaired left hip and left the outing.
"It's frustrating for him, I'm sure," Showalter said.
The Orioles haven't been counting on Duchscherer to join them, but this complicates matters a little more. Extended spring training games -- which are exhibitions that are often used for rehabbing or inexperienced players to get work in game situations -- will be curtailed as the Gulf Coast League begins next week.
So for Duchscherer to pitch in games, he'd likely have to go on a rehab assignment -- which has an expiration date. And this development makes that less likely since there is no telling when/if he'll be ready for the majors.
The Orioles lineup is out for Thursday's afternoon game and Ryan Adams is batting eighth and playing second base. It's Adams sixth start this season since being recalled May 20. He smiled when he saw the lineup board and Showalter said he hopes the rookie can take advantage of his limited opportunities. Robert Andino has assumed the starting second base job in the absence of Brian Roberts.
Here are the lineups:
Orioles, Hardy 6, Markakis 9, Jones 8, Guerrero DH, Scott 7, Lee 3, Reynolds 5, Adams 4, Tatum 2. Guthrie, P.
Jays: Escobar 6, Patterson 7, Bautista 9, Lind 3, Hill 4, Encarnacion DH, Molina 2, Davis 8, Nix 5. Stewart P.