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Orioles infielder Steve Wilkerson leaves win over Angels with 'symptoms of an oblique' strain

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Orioles rookie utility man Steve Wilkerson got his second straight start at second base Sunday with Jonathan Schoop out of the lineup, but had to leave before the top of the ninth inning with a possible oblique injury.

Manager Buck Showalter said Wilkerson had “the symptoms of an oblique,” marring what was his first two-hit game as a big leaguer. He had the Orioles’ first hit in the third inning, then drove in a run with a double off the center-field wall in the fourth.

“Just bothered him to hit, and I didn’t want to take another chance with him in that last inning,” Showalter said. “He brought it to our attention about the seventh inning, and he wasn’t going to hit again.”

Schoop’s sabbatical ended that inning as he replaced Wilkerson for the ninth.

Wilkerson has four hits in 17 big-league at-bats while playing third base and second base since his debut June 20 in Washington.

Wednesday starter unknown

Showalter said the Orioles will decide who will start after Alex Cobb on Tuesday at a later date, noting that he was hoping to stay away from Miguel Castro on Sunday in an effort to get him a start at some point.

Castro pitched the ninth inning Sunday, and the Orioles need a starter Wednesday in Philadelphia to fill the spot of Dylan Bundy.

Last time Bundy’s spot came up, the Orioles used Jimmy Yacabonis followed by Yefry Ramírez. But those two were both optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, and can’t return without a player going on the disabled list.

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