SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Nolan Reimold contracted food poisoning last night and was sent back to the hotel.
“He was sick during the night. Ate something wrong,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He won’t be having the skillet breakfast anymore. I can tell you that.
“We make them come in. He came by my office and started opening his mouth, and I said, ‘Go home.’ He looked bad.”
Showalter indicated that his initial plans don’t call for David Lough to play against left-handers, which puts Nelson Cruz in left field and opens a spot on the roster for a right-handed designated hitter.
Lough has a career .282 average against left-handers and a .277 average against right-handers. It’s not as though he’s a liability against southpaws.
“Right now, I don’t plan yet to use him against left-handed pitching, so we’d have the DH spot for a right-handed hitter,” Showalter said. “He could evolve into that guy we trust against left-handed pitching. It’s also a way to keep everybody involved in the game, so everybody’s in the flow.”
Former Orioles reliever Todd Frohwirth, now a scout in the organization, is in camp to work with Darren O’Day on an off-speed pitch.
Frohwirth, 51, had a similar delivery to O’Day, though his arm slot actually dropped a little lower.
Frohwirth posted a 1.87 ERA in 51 appearances with the Orioles in 1991 and a 2.46 ERA in 65 games the following year.
Showalter came up with the idea. He likened these sessions to a former knuckleballer working with someone to learn or refine the pitch.
“He’ll be here for a while,” Showalter said. “He very quietly had great success down there. People talk about (Kent) Tekulve and (Dan) Quisenberry and guys like that. He was talking to them a lot. I know Darren is excited about it.”
Outfielder Henry Urrutia’s shoulder is feeling better today and he could be cleared to throw on Tuesday. Urrutia has been shut down the past two days due to the inflammation.
Adam Jones will leave camp at some point for the birth of his first child.
The Orioles will host the 4th annual All Faiths Food Drive on Thursday to help people in need in the Sarasota area. All fans attending the 1:05 p.m. game against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to benefit the All Faiths Food Bank.
Since 2011, 2,400 pounds of food and $3,500 in cash donations have been collected at the yearly food drive to help people in need in the Sarasota area.
Last year, All Faiths Food Bank distributed 6.2 million pounds of food equating to nearly 5.2 million meals. More than 2,100 volunteers and 195 partner agencies and programs in Sarasota and DeSoto counties support the Food Bank’s mission.
The Orioles’ participation in the All Faiths Food Drive is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. Whether hosting youth activities, participating in charitable causes or partnering in efforts to boost the local economy, the Orioles are active in the region all year long, proving that their commitment to the club’s southern home goes far beyond baseball. For more information or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.