Orioles manager Buck Showalter walked gingerly to his seat for his postgame session with the media following a 6-3 win over the Red Sox. He didn’t move at the usual brisk pace. Each step was carefully measured.
Showalter underwent X-rays on his ankle that, he assumes, came back negative. He was back in the dugout by the second inning.
Showalter said he turned the ankle while walking to home plate to exchange lineup cards.
“I’m good, fine, I was watching the game and I thought about just staying up top,” he said.
“I was going out. Do we really need the details? It’s more embarrassing than anything. I’m sure there’s 34 guys in there who will be sure to tell you exactly (what happened).”
Showalter was glad that he returned in time to watch Vladimir Guerrero single in the sixth inning to set the career hits record for Dominican-born players.
“That’s special,” Showalter said. “That’s the thing that I was telling Richie (Bancells) inside. I didn’t want to miss that. You want to be there for things like that. I appreciate him waiting a little bit until I got back out there.
“Everybody’s so proud of him. You feel so blessed to get to have a guy around you who just loves to play baseball. You can tell. Every day he comes to the door, it’s like he’s playing his first game in Little League. He’s a manager’s delight because you know he’s going to be there, he’s going to post up, he loves to play and it’s never going to be for a lack of caring. He’ll do as well as he can do. He’s slashing and hacking and letting it rip. You never have to push him forward. I think some people probably gave up trying to pull him back. He takes off and steals second base, and Willie (Randolph) is making sure he stops right there because he’ll take off for third there if you let him.
“He’s a great teammate. I think the one common denominator that people talk other than a player is what a great teammate he is. It’s kind of funny watching the evolution this spring. Guys were almost standoffish with him, they were so reverent of him and what he had done. It took a long time for them to realize that he was very approachable. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, and with the things he’s accomplished, that’s the thing that makes you so proud to watch him, because he’s got time for everybody. Nothing’s beneath him.”
Robert Andino also had a memorable night, hitting a three-run inside-the-park home run while his father watched from the stands.
“That’s almost as big a moment because his Dad was here for the first time watching him play his first game,” Showalter said. “First time he ever saw him play. I’m not sure of all the dynamics of it, but I got to meet him today and I know what an unbelievable moment that would be for us. Can you imagine what it meant to him, regardless of the impact on the game? I was really hoping Robert would get a chance to do something to let his Dad see what a good year he’s had and what a good player he’s become.”
In his last 17 games, Chris Davis is batting .333 with seven doubles, one homer, nine RBIs and four walks.
“He’s been swinging the bat pretty quietly very well,” Showalter said.