SARASOTA, Fla. — One reliable indicator of the seriousness of a baseball injury is how those in the dugout react when the potentially hurt player returns from the field.
When Orioles left-hander Zach Britton came into the visitors dugout Wednesday night after taking a sharp liner off his right glove hand, Class AAA Norfolk Manager Ron Johnson asked to see Britton’s glove.
“I heard it screaming,” Johnson deadpanned while others laughed.
So, yes, Britton, is fine — though he admits he was frightened for about 30 seconds after Minnesota Twins slugger Josh Willingham hit a scorching comebacker that deflected off Britton’s glove and wrist.
“I didn’t see [the ball] because he hit it so hard. I got lucky. I really did,” said Britton, who said the liner came against his only change-up of the night. “If he had squared me up, that probably would have done some damage. But thankfully I was able to get out of the way a little bit.”
On Thursday morning, Britton said his nonthrowing hand had no bruises and was just “a little sore, but, if anything, it felt like if you sleep on your arm wrong and it goes numb. It felt like that.”
Despite Thursday’s canceled exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Ubaldo Jimenez is still slated to make his Orioles debut Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium.
Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Orioles this month, is in his ninth big league season. So Friday’s game, in one sense, is just another tuneup in a lengthy career. But he said he’s “very excited about it.”
“It’s a new team, and I’m with new teammates,” he said. “So I am definitely looking forward to getting on the mound.”. . .
South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon is expected to spend most of next week in Canada obtaining his work visa. He will fly to Ottawa on Sunday and has an interview scheduled for Monday morning. That process is expected to take a few days. . . .
The Orioles have not dismissed the possibility of adding free agent pitcher Ervin Santana, but his price tag has not yet dropped to something they would consider. … There will be no makeup date for Thursday’s canceled game. Those with tickets can exchange them for any remaining 2014 spring game at Ed Smith Stadium, subject to availability.
— Baltimore Sun