Orioles prospect Mike Wright had shoulder issue but pitched two innings Thursday

PREGAME NOTES

March 13, 2014|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

TAMPA -- Even though Orioles manager Buck Showalter said right-hander Mike Wright had been shut down with right elbow tendinitis, Wright pitched two scoreless innings Thursday in a Triple-A minor league game at Twin Lakes Park.

Wright appeared to be OK and just had some minor shoulder soreness.

Showalter said Wright, who is ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the Orioles' system, according to Baseball America, came into the trainer’s room Wednesday at the minor league complex complaining of elbow discomfort. Wright was optioned to minor league camp Sunday.

“That might explain, I didn’t think he was quite as crisp as he was last spring,” Showalter said. “We’re going to give him a few days for that to quiet down."

“That’s another case of where guys aren’t going to tell you how they feel,” Showalter said. “That was disappointing that he didn’t tell anybody here.”

Wright allowed one run and three hits over three innings for the Orioles this spring, with three walks and two strikeouts before being sent to the minor league camp.

I tried to press Showalter a little bit about Zach Britton, who worked one inning yesterday and pitched three times in eight days. Showalter said he still sees Britton as a starter.

“We’re still going to look to get him multiple innings, so that if something happens between now and the end of spring that he’s an option for us as a starter also,” Showalter said. “So we’re still viewing him as a starter at this point, so you’re right. It does take on the appearance of that right now. ... I think everyone is going to have to start showing their hand here shortly. I’m not talking about us, necessarily, but I’m talking about other clubs. You get a feel for where you are and where you hope to be, but you’re not.

In the same breath, Showalter mentioned that he has noticed more scouts attending games this year. Over the past few days, he has mentioned that he looks at the list of scouts every day. Britton is out of minor league options.

“I think we had 16 scouts here yesterday,” Showalter said. “Everybody knows we have a lot of good pitchers who are out of options. And they’re all looking at us. In the past, I don’t remember that many being at our games. They’re not there to look at [Manny] Machado.”

Other notes:

-- Matt Wieters’ sprained right ankle is getting better. Showalter said Wieters hopes to return Saturday or Sunday.

-- Center fielder Adam Jones is the new father of a baby boy born yesterday in Baltimore. Showalter said he expects Jones to be back in the starting lineup Sunday. Jones left camp Tuesday to head to Baltimore.

-- No cuts are expected today. “You can take a breath,” Showalter said. “I actually went through the locker room today and told everybody they can treat me the way they used to treat me. I’m not coming in here looking for anybody.” But one could come tomorrow.

-- Suk-min Yoon is returning today from Canada, where he went to get his work visa. He can now pitch in Grapefruit League games and is still scheduled to make his debut Saturday.

-- Brian Matusz left for Philadelphia to get a wart removed from his left middle finger. He is in line to make his next scheduled appearance.

-- Matusz is scheduled to pitch in Monday’s day split-squad game on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies. Kevin Gausman, who is expected to pitch today, is also set to pitch in that game.

-- Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to start Monday’s night split-squad game at home against the Minnesota Twins. That game will be broadcast on MASN.

-- The club is still trying to see if Machado can avoid flying to California for his appointment with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

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