Orioles first base prospect Tyler Townsend shelved again

March 18, 2013|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

Orioles first-base prospect Tyler Townsend, a Delaware native who was the organization’s third-round pick in 2009 out of Florida International, is hurt again and has no set timetable for returning to action.

Townsend, 24, injured his right wrist in the offseason and entered minor league camp with that injury, according to a team official. He’s now dealing with a hip flexor and has not been able to play in games. Once considered among the system’s best power prospects, Townsend has been riddled with injuries and played in just 68 games last season — although he had six homers in 21 games for Double-A Bowie last year.

Some other notes from minor league camp:

** Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia took batting practice in front of several Orioles officials Monday at Twin Lakes and is expected to soon play in a simulated game. He had been dealing with a mild ankle sprain after twisting his ankle on a baserunning drill.

** Infield prospect Torsten Boss returned to action Monday. He had been dealing with a minor back issue.

** Matt Hobgood, the club’s No. 1 pick in 2009, threw a scoreless inning at Twin Lakes against Tampa Bay farmhands. He allowed a triple, but the runner didn’t score. Hobgood is working his way back after shoulder surgery last spring.

** Right-hander Dan Klein continues to rehab his surgically repaired shoulder at the minor league complex, but there is no timetable for his return.

** Former Oriole David Segui was at Twin Lakes watching his son Cory, an Orioles minor league first baseman, play.

** Veteran right-hander Joel Pineiro is throwing long toss in his attempt to comeback from significant shoulder surgery last July.

** With several Orioles officials watching, Zach Staniewicz pitched a scoreless minor league inning. Staniewicz and Eddie Gamboa are learning to throw a knuckleball and spent some time last week with Hall of Famer Phil Niekro. Staniewicz threw one knuckleball on Monday that was clocked at 57 mph.

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