Lough in jeopardy of starting season on DL

Lingering hamstring/back injury progressing slowly; Paredes could be roster candidate

Lough in jeopardy of starting season on DL

SARASOTA, Fla. -- David Lough is not progressing as quickly as the Orioles would have hoped, with the outfielder -- who is dealing with a hamstring/back injury -- now a possibility to start the season on the disabled list.

"It's beginning to look like [a DL situation] more than it did," manager Buck Showalter said Sunday. "I was hoping we'd get him out there playing today or tomorrow and not have a problem. He wants to get out there. Talking to him and getting him to be real frank with us, I think he's actually pushing it a little bit where he shouldn't. He knows some of the decisions going on."

Lough, who is 5-for-27 (.185) this spring, hasn't played in a week and was scratched from Tuesday's game with what was initially deemed low back spasms.

It looks like Baltimore would prefer to be cautious with Lough's injury, which would also provide the club a way to keep switch-hitter Jimmy Paredes, who doubled twice in the Orioles' 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. Paredes, who is having a fantastic offensive spring, is out of Minor League options and would have to be exposed to waivers if he's not on the 25-man Opening Day roster.

Paredes' RBI double

Showalter is planning on using Alejandro De Aza in center field for Monday's game against the Rays, as Lough's injury leaves the O's without a backup center fielder. Everth Cabrera has also played some center field this spring, though the Orioles want to move him back to the infield for the final week of camp. He could be an option if he makes the club.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.