The Baltimore Orioles have announced on their official website that they have relieved their pitcher, Mike Wright from playing for the next 15 days.The decision to rest Wright was reached after he suffered a strained calf on Friday. With such an injury, the pitcher had to miss Saturday’s game.
Wright had tried to ignore the injury on Friday but as time moved by, he could not stand the pain and had to walk out of the field in the fifth inning.At first, the injury was regarded as a minor probably because it was thought to be a mere calf cramp that can easily go away on its own.
It is only later on Saturday that an MRI screening was carried out to unveil the strained calf.
“I was trying to downplay it into a cramp so I could keep pitching,” said Wright, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk in a flurry of Trade Deadline moves Friday. “Now, it’s a 15-day DL. Hopefully it’s no longer than that and I’ll come back soon.
“There was some swelling and I guess blood from wear and tear. So, [it’s] a Grade 2 strain.”
The pitcher is scheduled to travel to Florida in the course of the week to begin his recovery there. He will be accompanied by Steve Pearce, who was also added to the disabled list due to a strained oblique.
The Orioles picked Jorge Rondon as Wright’s replacement.
Prior to being called up, Rondon was playing in Triple-A Norfolk. Though he did not complete his season with them, he still managed to record 2-1 with a 2.01 ERA, after appearing in 24 contests.
In other news, the Orioles have postponed the return of Chris Tillman until he is fit enough to play again. Tillman was scheduled to return on Monday but since his left ankle has not fully healed, the team has decide to allow him to stay away a little bit longer.
“He’s not going to pitch Monday, more than likely, because he hasn’t taken a work day,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on Saturday. “So, there’s two parts of it. One, you test it on a work day, and two, you see if it blows back up again. He doesn’t have a whole lot of swelling. He’s getting better every day, so I don’t see it as a DL thing if we get to Wednesday or something like that and Monday doesn’t happen. I still hold out hope he comes in [Sunday and says] ‘This feels great, let’s go.'”
The Orioles are now looking for a replacement. But that should not be a problem because they can easily find one in their bullpen or call up a player from Triple-A Norfolk.