NEW YORK - The news came fast and furious yesterday, beginning with outfielder Nolan Reimold’s tingling fingers and continuing with hitting coach Jim Presley’s kidney stone.
I hadn’t left my hotel room in Times Square and my day already had taken a busy turn.
As I walked into the press box at Yankee Stadium, still beaming at my ability to take the D train in the proper direction on this day, the Orioles issued a news release explaining that the Brooks Robinson statue unveiling had been postponed until Sept. 29.
Robinson is still healing from his fall in Hollywood, Fla., back on Jan. 27. He’s also got a sports hernia and has been fighting infections. The Hall of Famer, sadly, is in poor health, but he’s determined to be at Camden Yards for the ceremony.
During batting practice, manager Buck Showalter told reporters that Reimold had a bulging disk in his back and Tsuyoshi Wada had a CT scan on his left elbow to go along with the MRI taken a day earlier.
During dinner, executive vice president Dan Duquette sat down with three reporters, including myself, and confirmed that Wada had a slight tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and would decide whether to undergo surgery or try to rehab it. Surgery makes the most sense, but it’s up to Wada.
Before the night had ended, Nick Johnson collected his first hit, left-hander Brian Matusz picked up his first win since June 6, 2011, and Showalter secured his 1,000th victory.
Did I miss anything? I’m still groggy.
Showalter also indicated that he was tweaking the rotation. He instructed reporters to ask him about it after the game. I did exactly that, but he hadn’t talked to the pitchers involved and put the announcement on hold until today.
Right now, the three scheduled starters in Boston are Wei-Yin Chen, Tommy Hunter and Jason Hammel. The off day tomorrow apparently has enabled Showalter to make some changes. Your guess is as good as mine.
I’m still trying to figure out whether the decision to scratch Chris Tillman from Monday’s start at Triple-A Norfolk had anything to do with the Orioles’ rotation. No one in the organization will provide an explanation. Calls and text messages have gone unreturned. Duquette paused, grinned and said, “Yes,” when I gave him two theories.
The world may never know.
The Orioles have held opponents to two runs or fewer in each of the last four games, and eight of the last nine. No sense messing with a good thing.
It’s no coincidence that the Orioles are playing better as their defense has tightened up. They’ve now gone five straight games without an error after committing 22 in their first 19.
So seriously, are we having fun yet?
NOTE: The bulging disk that’s causing the tingling in Reimold’s fingers is located in his neck, cervical spine. It’s not his back. The media was given the wrong information yesterday. Hopefully, we’ll get a clearer explanation today at Yankee Stadium.