Utility man Jace Peterson left the Orioles’ 10-2 loss to the New York Yankees in the back half of Monday’s doubleheader after banging his knee into the outfield wall while trying to track down an eighth-inning double by Neil Walker, manager Buck Showalter said.
Peterson was slow to get up after running into the wall but remained in the game for the rest of the inning. Trey Mancini replaced him for the ninth in left field.
“He banged his knee in that wall out there,” Showalter said. “It's pretty sore. They've already done the X-ray. He looks to be OK, and he'll be day-to-day. I actually was considering pitching him. But I didn't want to take the chance after he had banged his knee out there.”
Showalter ultimately had to bring in left-hander Paul Fry for the last out of the ninth inning after relievers Brad Brach and Tanner Scott each struggled badly, though Showalter said he would have been reluctant to use Peterson.
“I hate that,” he said. “I also hate using eight or nine pitchers, but that's why, when you sit around here sometimes until 9 o'clock, 10 o'clock on the road sometimes, it seems, to play a game — these types of doubleheaders can put you really on your heels with your depth, test your depth.”
Around the horn
The Orioles returned right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis, who pitched five innings in Monday’s first game, back to Triple-A Norfolk. Yacabonis was added as the 26th man for the doubleheader. Showalter said the Orioles also would likely need to add relievers for Tuesday, considering Miguel Castro was the only one from their eight-man bullpen not used Monday.