One day after a strong defensive and offensive performance by
It likely would have been, but Casilla jammed his right index finger in a ninth-inning steal attempt Sunday against the
Although he was supposed to test the finger while playing catch before Monday’s contest, Casilla said pre-game that he didn’t think he would be able to start without dealing with some pain. Orioles manager
"I was contemplating playing him today," Showalter said. "But wasn't sure coming in. But hopefully he'll be available for us [Monday off the bench and Tuesday to start]."
Casilla, who is hitting .224 in 67 at-bats this season, has made 18 starts this season for the Orioles, including two in June. He has started in consecutive days three times this year — only once since mid-April.
“It’s hard, mentally, it’s hard,” said the 28-year-old Casilla, who was claimed off of waivers this offseason from the
"Trying to stay selective when you are not hitting for as high of an average as you want to is hard because you are trying to get three hits in one at-bat," Showalter said. "It takes a lot of maturity to grind each pitch. [Flaherty] is trying to do that. We'll see. As long as he is playing good defense. He's working hard at it. He and Alexi are our best options right now."
Casilla is 4-for-11 in June, including two hits and two RBIs Sunday in the victory over the Rays. Casilla also made a tremendous catch and tag of an attempted steal in the game — showing the flashy defense that he has demonstrated at times throughout his career.
A switch-hitter, Casilla, had been considering hitting only from the right side, but said Monday that he'll stick with hitting from both sides of the plate. He said he and hitting coach Jim Presley studied video and felt like Casilla had been dropping his hands to low as he was preparing to swing. It's something he has worked on the past few weeks – from both sides.
“I’m in the best moment right now of the year. I can say to you since
-- Second baseman
Once he is cleared, he will go on a rehab assignment of two-to-seven games, Showalter said. The team will monitor his progression before it makes any decision on when a rehab assignment will start.
-- One week after Dr. James Andrews cleared him, right-hander
-- Triple-A Norfolk third baseman