Paredes likely to start season on disabled list

Paredes likely to start season on disabled list

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles' Opening Day roster continues to shift by the hour with Friday afternoon's news that third baseman Jimmy Paredes will likely be headed to the disabled list. Paredes, who is out of Minor League options, had a monster spring and looked to be a lock to the make the club after David Lough went down with a back injury.

"It's legit," manager Buck Showalter said of Paredes' late-spring injury.

Paredes went 20-for-55 (.364) at the plate and suffered a low back strain a few days ago, according to Showalter.

"Frankly, [it happened in] the weight room," Showalter said. "Every time something like that happens, take into consideration how many people stay healthy because of what they do in there, too."

At first glance, it looks as if Paredes' injury move could help outfielder Nolan Reimold -- who is also having a great spring -- make the club. But Showalter also pointed out that the club is now considering going with 13 pitchers to start the season, which would allow them to have Kevin Gausman and Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia in the bullpen to start the season. They will still need to make a roster spot after the first game for Chris Davis.

Paredes -- who last played Tuesday -- would be eligible to come off the disabled list on April 16 and joins a trio of O's slated to be put on the DL: Lough, Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy. While Reimold could provide an offensive boost, he's out of options, and the Orioles would likely lose him on waivers if they had to make another roster move to add one of those DL guys (or Davis) back early on. They obviously want to avoid that scenario if possible.

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.