Orioles reporter Jon Meoli discusses the injuries to Mark Trumbo and Ryan Mountcastle after their 1-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla. (Jon Meoli, Baltimore Sun video)
Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo will be out a minimum of three to four weeks after an MRI on Thursday morning revealed a Grade 2 strain in his right quad, manager Buck Showalter said Thursday.
Trumbo didn't make the team's two-day trip to the east coast of Florida on Thursday, instead staying in Sarasota for an MRI on his quadriceps injury that he returned from Wednesday.
The 32-year-old took three at-bats as the designated hitter in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the New York Yankees, which included a groundout and a walk in which he moved out of the batter's box.
“I'm not sure if it was one [play],” Showalter said. “I'm just reporting what the MRI said. This guy was doing everything on the fields — running full speed. That just tells you how different actual game speed is. He was fine during the game doing everything, for the most part. He said he was driving home last night and started to get stiff and sore. They decided to get a picture this morning, and that's the results.”
Before the game, Showaltercalled the development "a little discouraging.”
Ahead of his return Wednesday, Trumbo last played March 6 at the Minnesota Twins, and was batting 3-for-23 in the spring. Showalter said at the time of the initial injury that he'd be able to play through the quad problem were it the regular season, but it was best at this stage to get the situation managed. There were no indications during Wednesday's game that the injury had returned.
"He said it was fine, he just said he was driving home and he felt it real sore," Showalter said. "Stiffness and soreness after DHing. I was hoping he could come over here and work his way to the field."
A continued absence, as well as that of first baseman Chris Davis (elbow), creates more spring opportunities for Anthony Santander, Pedro Álvarez, and Danny Valencia.
Showalter on Rickard
Outfielder Joey Rickard made the Orioles out of spring training in 2016 as a Rule 5 draft pick and in 2017 as a spare outfielder, but was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk with two weeks left before Opening Day to get him the amount of playing time the club believes he needs.
"Joey needs at-bats," Showalter said. "Obviously, he's not swinging the bat very well. Joey just needs to get his head clear and get back again. The good news is if you walked in and watched his spring, you wouldn't think much of him, but because we have a history and knowledge of how good he is — I just want him to get some consistent at-bats every day and kind of relax more than anything. 'OK, you're not going to make the club out of spring. Just relax.' I'd be really surprised in the next few days if he doesn't get it going down there."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't seem to take the allegations of tampering stemming from Aaron Judge telling Manny Machado he'd look good in pinstripes too seriously, joking that he was glad Machado got away with recruiting Judge.
Rickard's path to making the club became blocked with the minor league contracts for Colby Rasmus, Alex Presley, and Craig Gentry, as well as the presence of top prospect Austin Hays and the emergence of Santander as more than just a Rule 5 requirement.
"We're going to see him again," Showalter said. "It's not ‘Bye,’ it's ‘See you later.’ But we all thought that this was the best entry for him getting back on point, so to speak. ... He's a good man. He'll be fine. He's a quality depth piece for us."
Around the horn
Other than Trumbo, the only position players who didn't make the trip east were Davis and center fielder Adam Jones. Showalter said he had no update on Davis' elbow. ... The team announced that Scott Lewis was named vice president of strategy and analytics, overseeing the club's centralized department of research, business intelligence, analysis and data management. ... The Orioles will wear "Go Green" hats on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays, with the hats auctioned at orioles.com/spring. Proceeds will go to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.