TORONTO -- After sending right-hander Darren O'Day to a hand specialist for lingering numbness and tingling in his fingers, the Orioles believe a pair of injections could salvage the late-inning reliever's season.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said O'Day received injections in two parts of his right wrist and hand area in Florida after seeing specialist Brian Schofield, which the club hopes can reduce the inflammation in nerves near the problem area.
"We feel good about getting our arms around what's going on there," Showalter said before Friday's game. "I don't think we're completely out of the woods, but the doctor said it should quiet down the inflammation that's kind of pressing and causing the discomfort. … Hopefully it will manage itself in a day or two. I think in the next 48 hours we'll know if it solves itself.
"It's basically a compression of those nerves there," Showalter added. "The inflammation compresses them.
If the inflammation subsides, Showalter said O'Day could rejoin the Orioles in Tampa on Friday. Showalter said O'Day needs to just throw one session without the numbness and tingling in order to return.
The club still isn't exactly sure what's causing the ailment, but Showalter said there is no structural damage.
O'Day, who leads the Orioles with a team-best 2.28 ERA, made just two appearances over the past two weeks before Showalter announced Thursday that he wouldn't join the club on the trip to Toronto.