The Orioles have placed catcher Welington Castillo on the 10-day disabled list with a testicular injury and selected catcher Francisco Peña’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk. The 40-man roster is full.
Castillo spent much of last night in the emergency room after being hit in the groin by a pitch that first struck Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius and caromed.
“Most of the times, the ones that are really a problem are the angle, when you get a different angle,” manager Buck Showalter said earlier today. “He’s got a hematoma there in his groin that we’re going to monitor and see how it progresses. Wouldn’t use him tonight to catch.”
Castillo’s injury, while painful, isn’t nearly as severe as the one sustained last season by Caleb Joseph, who required surgery and spent a month on the disabled list. Castillo was hit in the same spot exactly one year later.
The Orioles considered going with three catchers and removing another player because Castillo may not need 10 days, but they decided to put him on the disabled list.
Ryan Flaherty has been the emergency catcher, but his absence due to a strained right shoulder also prompted the Orioles to make a roster move.
“That’s another thing that would have probably kept us from maybe DLing Casi,” Showalter said. “You going to ask me who the emergency third is now? I’ve got one. I’m not sure if he knows it.”
I’m going to guess infielder Paul Janish.
Castillo is batting .317/.339/.467 with six doubles, four home runs and 17 RBIs in 29 games.
Top position prospect Chance Sisco remains at Norfolk. The reports on him at the plate and behind it are improving and the Orioles don’t want to disturb him.
Catcher Audry Perez is off the disabled list and transferred from Double-A Bowie to Norfolk.
Verrett was given permission to fly home to Waco, Texas and see his baby. He recently came off the paternity list.
“That’s one good thing about it, that he’s able to do that,” Showalter said.
Wright is 3-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 10 starts with the Tides. He was optioned on May 2, but the Orioles put him back on the shuttle.
It was headed in the right direction.
“It’s nice to finally see this clubhouse again. I feel like I’m back home,” he said.
“I feel really well right now. The numbers look pretty good, but honestly, I feel better than even the numbers look, so that’s a positive sign and hopefully I can continue it here.”
Verrett threw three innings last night and wasn’t going to be available for a few days. The Orioles wanted a fresh reliever and Wright was rested.
“Michael’s our best option in a lot of ways,” Showalter said. “One, he was getting ready to start, so he can provide some length if the opposing team would cooperate. You know how that goes. This guy’s a long reliever. Well, not if he can’t get anybody out, right? He becomes a short reliever.”
“I was thinking about playing Kim tonight,” Showalter said. “I keep trying to figure out a way to get Kim in there, but it’s hard.
“There’s a part of it with Trey, I want him to see (Lance) McCullers and I want him to see (Dallas) Keuchel and I want him to see (Masahiro) Tanaka. I want him to see these guys. At some point, he needs to be exposed to it and say, ‘OK, there’s a real good pitch and here’s what I’ve got to do differently,’ because good hitters figure that out and they can’t do it sitting on the bench.”
Veteran Triple-A infielder Robert Andino has been suspended 50 games without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Andino, 33, is batting .234/.282/.375 with seven doubles, a triple, six home runs and 23 RBIs in 49 games.
Orioles minor league outfielder Johnny Dixon has been suspended 72 games without pay for testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. Dixon, 20, is on the roster of the Dominican Summer League team.
Update: The Orioles took a 4-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI double from Jones, a two-run double from Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis’ RBI single. Trumbo’s ball froze right fielder Aaron Judge, who leaped at the last instant and missed the ball.
The Yankees scored an unearned run off Kevin Gausman in the fourth on Jonathan Schoop’s throwing error.
Update II: Jones’ three-run homer gave the Orioles a 7-1 lead in the fourth inning, but the Yankees scored twice in the fifth and chased Gausman with one out in the sixth. He threw 106 pitches.
Mychal Givens will try to strand two runners.
Update III: Givens retired all five batters he faced and Davis hit a two-run homer in the seventh to extend the lead to 9-3.
Davis has 210 home runs as an Oriole to give him sole possession of seventh place.
Update IV: Darren O’Day gave up a run in the eighth after back-to-back singles to start the inning. He struck out Aaron Hicks to strand a runner on third base and keep a 9-4 lead.