O's send Rickard to DL, activate Miley

O's send Rickard to DL, activate Miley

BALTIMORE -- Prior to Sunday's game, the Orioles placed outfielder Joey Rickard on the 10-day disabled list with a left finger sprain, a move that opened up a spot for starter Wade Miley.

"It's unfortunate, but I think we're fortunate it may not be much more than 10 days," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Rickard, who hurt his middle finger sliding into second base as a pinch-runner on Saturday.

"I asked [the medical staff] how should I describe it? They say it's a sprain even though there's a fleck of displacement. But nothing that you would call a break. Nothing like what he had last year. We were all getting ready to sit down and have a long, final discussion about how we were we're gonna [make room for Miley]. That kind of changed it, shortened that meeting."

Rickard will remain with the team for now, traveling to Boston with them, and could be available at the end of the three-city road trip. Showalter said he doesn't think it's a situation where Rickard would need to play in rehab games to come back.

"It weakens our bench," Showalter said of the speedy, defensive-minded Rickard. "I'm trying not to have Joey and Craig [Gentry out], even though I would play them in the same game. I was probably going to do it on the road to give some guys a day. You look at our bench compared to what it was against left-handed pitchers, the different look. We've been spoiled with that extra player."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.