Orioles beat writer Eduardo A. Encina talks about the outfielder David Lough's injury and the status of catcher Matt Wieters. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Orioles manager Buck Showalter covered several topics in his pregame meeting Wednesday.
Nothing earth-shattering, but here's what he said:
** Second baseman Jonathan Schoop likely will miss several days as he deals with dental issues. He visited an oral surgeon Wednesday and Showalter said he should know the length of Schoop's absence later today.
"Jon is having dental issues. He needs all four wisdom teeth out and he needs two [more] teeth extracted," Showalter said. "I know he's gotten two out and they are going to try and hold off on the wisdom teeth. But he's going to be down for a few days."
** Outfielder David Lough who was scratched from Tuesday's game with back spasms is day-to-day, Showalter said. Lough felt the spasms while bending over for a ball. Showalter said at this point he doesn't expect to the injury to hamper Lough's chances of making the team. That could change if Lough is out for a longer period of time than expected.
** The Orioles made a lineup switch for Wednesday's game. Showalter scratched Jimmy Paredes, who was supposed to DH, and put Chris Davis in the lineup. Showalter said Davis wouldn't be making Thursday's trip to Lakeland and he wanted to get him another start. The gaggle of scouts on hand in Sarasota may be disappointed that they won't get several looks at Paredes' bat on Wednesday. He is out of options and on the Orioles' roster bubble.
** Showalter said he believes the Orioles could find a way to keep one of their two Rule 5 pitchers, Logan Verrett and Jason Garcia. It would be much more difficult to keep both. Verrett has impressed Showalter; Garcia has been slowed by a hamstring, but the manager said he expects to see a lot of the right-hander down the stretch.
** Here's the updated lineup for Wednesday's home game against the Toronto Blue Jays. (Wei-Yin Chen is starting for the Orioles.)