O'Day progressing; X-rays on Wieters' foot come back negative
By Joshua Needelman
NEW YORK -- The Tuesday afternoon simulation game designed for right-hander Darren O'Day brought a mixed bag, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. On the bright side, O'Day pitched well and could begin a Minor League rehab stint Friday. It didn't go as well for Hyun Soo Kim, who hasn't played since sustaining a right hamstring strain July 10.
The O's placed the left fielder on the disabled list, and in a corresponding roster move, they selected Julio Borbon's contract from Double-A Bowie. Additionally, Henry Urrutia was designated for assignment.
"We've been playing short waiting on him, because he's worth waiting on," Showalter said of Kim, who will be eligible July 26. "You're under the risk every time you're out here testing it of a setback. It got to a point where it wasn't making the improvements we hoped it would make."
Borbon provides another outfielder on a team that had been playing thin. He was hitting .289 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 83 games with the Baysox. He stole 20 bases in 29 chances, as well.
"He comes with a reputation to be able to defend and run, something we haven't had much of off the bench," Showalter said. "You always look at all 25 of your guys, and what do they bring that you can take advantage of and make some other team adjustments. Those are some of the things Julio brings."
After hardly playing early in the season, Kim emerged as a starter toward the end of May. He was hitting .329 with three homers and 11 RBIs before the injury, and he might have injected some excitement into an Orioles offense that's struggled out of the All-Star break.
Baltimore mustered just five hits in a 2-1 loss to the Yankees on Monday night, a day after scoring two runs in a defeat to the Rays.
"Every team's got it, I'm sure," Showalter said. "Nobody wants to hear about your problems. We've been playing short for most of the post-All-Star break, which is usually when you're at full strength."
O'Day, meanwhile, could be activated as soon as next Sunday or Monday. In the sim game, he threw 15 pitches before a rest, and then threw 10 more. The test will be how he feels Wednesday, Showalter said.
• X-rays on Matt Wieters' right foot came back negative. The Orioles' catcher was hit by a 94-mph fastball from the Yankees' Ivan Nova on Monday night, but he played the rest of the game. He said he woke up Tuesday feeling sore, but he felt better as the day went on. With Wieters, who has played in 68 of 92 games in 2016, out, Caleb Joseph got the start behind the plate Tuesday against the Yanks.
• Chris Davis was not in the Orioles' starting lineup for the second game in a row Tuesday. He is battling a virus and went to the hospital Sunday night.
"He looked real bad on the elevator [Sunday] night," Showalter said. "He was sick all the way on the plane. Nothing worse than being sick at 30,000 feet, or 40, whatever it was. Not a whole lot of places can you go. ... This thing is going around. It seems like another guy every day picks it up. Wash your hands."
Davis has played a big role in an Orioles offense that's helped the team maintain a slim lead in the competitive American League East. His 22 homers are second on the team to Mark Trumbo's 28, and he has a .491 slugging percentage.
Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.