Orioles writers Jon Meoli and Peter Schmuck discuss the roster opportunities created in spring training by the recent injuries to Chris Davis (elbow) and Mark Trumbo (quad).
SARASOTA, FLA. — Orioles designated hitter-first baseman Mark Trumbo could miss up to seven days with a right quadriceps injury suffered earlier this week, manager Buck Showalter said Thursday.
“Talking to [head athletic trainer Brian Ebel] today, just probably going to give him some time to get that completely healed,” Showalter said. “He's got a quad going on that may be some extended time. We'll probably give him — Brian is thinking more than three [days]. Three to five, maybe even seven. We'll see how it responds. He's got a pretty good quad there.”
Trumbo, who last played Tuesday when he served as the designated hitter against the Minnesota Twins, has three hits and an RBIs in 20 spring training at-bats as he looks to break out of a slump that hung over him for most of 2017.
Showalter said the injury cropped up “a day or so” before he was used as a designated hitter against the Twins.
“He said he was feeling good and wanted to go over and take at-bats,” Showalter said. “He felt it a little bit the last couple at-bats and that's why we got him out of there. During the season, we could probably continue to play and wouldn't worry about it as much. We've got plenty of time. I don't want it to turn into something. Brian doesn't, too.”
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Showalter said Ynoa, who is out of minor league options and is thus getting a long look as a starter in spring training, will still make his schedule start Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“We're going to do an MRI on him today just to make sure we know what we're dealing with down there,” Showalter said. “It's been something that hasn't gone completely away. It doesn't bother him other than when he's running, but we've got the luxury of finding those things out.”
Around the horn
Right-hander Chris Tillman threw 61 pitches in a three-inning simulated game Thursday morning. … Right-hander Hunter Harvey will start Sunday in a split-squad game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, with right-hander Andrew Cashner pitching the home game against the Philadelphia Phillies. … Showalter said Davis’ improvement is encouraging, though the manager didn’t give a date for when the slugger might get back on the field in game action. … The Orioles cut another pitcher from camp Thursday, reassigning right-hander Perci Garner to minor league camp. … The Orioles will host their annual Tag Day on March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camden Yards. Tag Day allows fans who are interested in purchasing a 2018 season ticket plan an opportunity to check out seats before they make a purchase.