Jimmy Paredes walked into the Orioles clubhouse on Friday morning wearing a plastic cast on his left wrist, but he still tried to smile as he talked about his sprained left wrist.
The good news for Paredes is that an X-ray revealed no broken bones. But it's obvious that Paredes will miss significant time this spring.
"It's not broken, thanks to God," Paredes said. "I don't know how long it will take for me to be ready. I'm a little sad because I came into the spring with the opportunity to make the team. We'll see later."
Paredes left Thursday's 10-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the second inning when his glove hand was bent backward while attempting to make a sliding catch in right field.
Paredes said he knew the injury was serious right away.
"When that happened, I knew it was pretty bad because I couldn't feel my hand [or] wrist," Paredes said. "I was scared a little bit. But after a couple of seconds I could feel my hand and feel like everything is good. Now, I feel a little better."
The Orioles wanted to take a hard look at Paredes in the outfield this spring – he concentrated on the outfield this winter in the Dominican Republic – especially since his DH at bats will shrink because of the offseason addition of Mark Trumbo.
"I tried to do the best I can to do a good job," Paredes said. "I know that's what they're looking for. I want to help the big league [team] to get a win for the city."