Lough was supposed to start in center field against the Pirates. He was hitting off a tee this morning in Sarasota, bent down for a ball and felt his back tighten.
Lough is 5-for-27 as he attempts to make the club as an extra outfielder. He missed a few days earlier this spring with a sore left hamstring.
“He’s fighting for a spot,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He’s done that. He came in here competing not only for more playing time but a spot in general.”
Showalter moved Everth Cabrera from second base to center field as Lough’s replacement.
“I was going to move him out there after he got through playing anyway,” Showalter said.
The Orioles didn’t make any cuts today, keeping the camp roster at 41 players.
Showalter said J.P. Arencibia, who’s 2-for-17 and has been charged with four passed balls, will probably catch the next three days in Triple-A games at Twin Lakes Park.
“I think he’ll benefit from that,” Showalter said.