Lindstrom bent at the waist a few times and kept grimacing as manager Buck Showalter and assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel checked on him. He didn’t bother to throw a few warmup tosses. His night was over.
Kevin Gregg replaced Lindstrom with the bases loaded and retired Casey Kotchman on a fly ball to center field with the count full.
X-rays will probably be taken on Lindstrom’s knee. If the Orioles are lucky, he’ll be diagnosed with a contusion and be listed as day-to-day.
The ball was hit so hard, it ricocheted off Lindstrom’s knee and rolled all the way to the first base dugout. Mark Reynolds chased it down and made sure a run didn’t score.
The Orioles will make a roster move tomorrow to accommodate infielder Omar Quintanilla. They’d like to avoid using the disabled list again.
Update: Gregg got the last four outs to seal the Orioles’ 10-2 victory over the Indians, their third win in a row.
Last year, the Orioles didn’t register their 49th win until Aug. 23. They’ve reached that total this year on July 20.