The Orioles want to give Jimmy Paredes a long look in the outfield this spring, hoping to see if an offseason of playing the position in the Dominican Republic could help the team find a position for him.
But in Paredes’ first spring start in the field on Thursday, he was forced from the Orioles’ 10-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the second inning with what the club called a sprained left wrist.
“When he can’t continue, [I get worried],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He's a tough guy. That one concerned me a little bit. I hope we get good news. It bent back pretty good.”
Paredes was scheduled to have X-rays taken back in Sarasota on Thursday and to be re-evaluated Friday.
Paredes, who started in right field Thursday, attempted to make a sliding catch on Logan Forsythe’s bloop single that dropped in a triangle between Paredes, first baseman Christian Walker and second baseman Ryan Flaherty. As Paredes slid for the ball, the wrist on his glove hand bent back.
Paredes remained on the ground and appeared to be holding his left wrist. He left the game after trainer Brian Ebel evaluated him on the field.
Paredes, who was the Orioles’ best hitter during the first two months of the 2015 season, is attempting to show the club that he can do more than hit after struggling defensively over the course of his career.
But his path to a roster spot might hinge on his ability to find a home with his glove, especially since Mark Trumbo could get a lot of at-bats at designated hitter.
Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who was on the mound when the injury occurred, said Paredes has worked hard to improve defensively in the outfield.
“That’s why he went to the Dominican to work at it,” Gonzalez said. “Playing outfield every day. He’s coming in early in the morning, working hard, early work. And I think that’s going to pay off. Hopefully this is not a big issue and he can move on and do a better job for us. I think he’s going to help us out in the outfield. We know what he can do with the bat.”