Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that the Ed Smith Stadium facility in Sarasota, Fla., received minor damage to fields from Hurricane Irma on Sunday, but didn’t suffer any structural damage.
“We’ve got a lot of wind damage, uprooted [trees], we lost some trees, lost a lot of windscreens,” Showalter said. “The hitting background on Field 4 blew over. We were getting ready to re-do that whole field … but they had a lot of wind damage. But structurally, they’re in pretty good shape.”
Showalter said that the player development staff was scheduled to report to Sarasota on Sunday to begin preparing for instructional league. Workouts for instructional league were initially scheduled for Wednesday, but that will be delayed because of the impact of the storm not only in Sarasota, but also on other teams’ sites on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
“The schedule is going to be greatly altered obviously,” Showalter said.
Gentry reinstated: The club reinstated outfielder Craig Gentry from the 10-day disabled list to be a pinch-running option despite a right middle finger fracture.
Gentry, who is one of the team’s fastest base runners, still has a splint on his finger, so he will wear a protective mitt on his hand to prevent his finger from jamming while he slides into bases.
He won’t be able to hit or play defense, but having Gentry back simply as a base-running option off the bench is an asset.
“We’re going to get [the mitt] so long that when he takes his lead, he can just take his lead and touch second base,” Showalter joked.
Around the horn: Center fielder Adam Jones entered Tuesday batting .348/.375/.391 over the past week. … First baseman Chris Davis and outfielder-designated hitter Mark Trumbo entered Tuesday’s game with identical .100 batting averages (2-for-20) over the past seven games. … Outfielder Seth Smith entered Tuesday hitless in his past 12 at-bats with six strikeouts. … Rookie outfielder Trey Mancini’s .289 batting average leads all major league rookies entering Tuesday.