Second baseman Robert Andino, who was hit in the head by a pitch Friday night, was back in the lineup after passing his final concussion test and getting clearance from the Oriolesmedical staff. He said yesterday that he felt fine and that there would be no emotional carryover into Sunday’s series finale.
Even if one of the Boston pitchers buzzes one close to him?
“I’m not going to do nothing stupid,’’ Andino said. “I can’t get suspended or anything like that.”
Manager Buck Showalter said before the game that he might reinforce that concept with Andino and the team with the Orioles just 11 days from the end of the regular season and positioned pretty well for at least a wild card berth.
"It's one of the things on my checklist,’’ Showalter said. “I know our pitching staff and how they feel about protecting our hitters. What happens in a situation like that is the second guy in always gets in trouble. We certainly can't afford any suspensions at a time like this, but it's still frustrating. Robert's come a long way. Sometimes, there are different periods in your life when you fire first and ask questions later, and in the position we're in, it's not a good idea.
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