The Baltimore Orioles are once again having injury problems. Darren O’Day is done for the season, and new addition Steve Wilkerson has what Buck Showalter is calling “the beginnings of an oblique injury.
This as the Orioles head to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for a short two-game set with Philadelphia. Keep in mind that tonight and tomorrow the O’s will be forced to surrender their DH under National League rules. This means that the pitchers will have to hit. Anyone who’s read me along the way knows I refer NL rules. And big time at that.
But these injuries plus losing the DH compounds a lot of things for the Orioles. Do they make a roster move before tonight’s game? If in fact Wilkerson is unavailable, I think they have to – otherwise they’re left without a backup infielder.
These decisions aren’t easy. Especially when the Orioles are trying to time the addition of younger talent with trading veterans. But even in a down year, the urgency of today’s game always takes precedent.
As previously stated, the O’s will be at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for tonight’s series opener. Alex Cobb gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Philadelphia’s Zach Effin. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.