NEW YORK -- Orioles outfielder David Lough, whom the club feared might have to go on the 15-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms, passed a series of tests in Baltimore on Wednesday and returned to New York to rejoin the club. He entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning.
“David is on his way back,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before Wednesday's game. “He will be here for the game, at some point, if he can make all the connections. He had some potential concussion symptoms that we wanted to check out, and we did. And we’re completely clear from that. So that was really good news, so he’s heading back here.
"We didn’t want to proceed any further until we got that as not being a possibility. That was good news we got today in the afternoon.”
Lough missed a week during spring training last month with neck soreness. At the time, Lough said he believed the injury was caused by sliding into home plate head first on an attempted inside-the-park home run. He had to pass a series of concussion tests before being cleared to return.
"It’s been a lingering thing, just kind of playing through it, but they could tell I wasn't right out there," Lough said after Wednesday's game. "I didn’t feel right, so I spoke up and said something. And they said I needed to go run some tests, and everything is fine now."
Showalter said he became aware Tuesday that Lough had similar symptoms over the past few days, and the Orioles sent the outfielder to Baltimore to make sure he didn’t have a concussion.
“[It was] just the way he was feeling,” Showalter said. “We felt like he had some similar symptoms from before. I don’t want to get into the particulars, and exactly what he said, but I know he was frustrated yesterday about us wanting to make sure something didn’t change since spring training. I hope there’s not a need for him tonight, and he gets the benefit of a couple days, and Friday he’s ready to go.”
The Orioles had Jemile Weeks travel to New York from Triple-A Norfolk -- he would have replaced Lough as the emergency center fielder behind Adam Jones -- and he was in the Orioles clubhouse before the game, but Showalter said Weeks will not be recalled and will report to Charlotte, where the Tides are playing.
Also of note:
-- Left-hander Johan Santana is scheduled to throw a batting practice session to hitters on Saturday in Sarasota, Fla.
-- Right-hander Dylan Bundy threw 35 pitches Wednesday, all fastballs, in Sarasota. He plans to work in his changeup and breaking ball soon.
-- The Orioles signed left-hander Anthony Vasquez, who pitched seven games for the Seattle Mariners in 2011. Vasquez, 27, who will likely report to Double-A Bowie, was 1-6 with a 8.90 ERA in seven starts with Seattle, allowing 13 homers in 29 1/3 innings. In 2013, Vasquez was 2-6 with a 4.08 ERA in 15 starts between the Single-A and Double-A levels.