Notebook: Reynolds, Lindstrom To DL; Hall Excited About Opportunity
Third baseman Mark Reynolds is headed to the 15-day DL with an oblique strain, which occurred Friday while throwing during batting practice.
Reynolds said the injury was random and that it appeared to not be as severe as J.J. Hardy's in 2011. Reynolds said he would do anything in order to heal and be back after his DL stint.
Reynolds is one of several Orioles suffering injuries this week and he joked that last Sunday's marathon game against the Red Sox might be the culprit.
"Isn't it amazing what a 17-inning game does to the roster of a major league team?" he said. "But Dan (Duquette) signed a bunch of guys that can come in and fill holes and that's what you need in baseball, especially for as long as the season is.
"You need depth, and we've been able to have that so far. We've had guys fill in nicely. Hopefully, they can keep doing it and we can get a bunch of guys healthy and go back out there and contribute."
As reported earlier today, 10-year veteran Bill Hall will take his place on the roster. Hall was in the infield at Triple-A Norfolk, but will play the outfield against the Rays. Hall joked that he would say something dumb and then go commit errors, but he said the transition to the outfield should be smooth.
"Outfield, to me, is easier than the infield," Hall said. "I have played here before in the outfield, but I'm going to make sure (I know) how the ball bounces off the wall."
Hall said he was taking nothing for granted and would play where manager Buck Showalter asked him.
"I've always played anywhere," Hall said. "I've never had a problem doing whatever I needed to do to help the team win. I don't think that's going to change, no matter how old I get or what I team I'm with."
Hall said he'd watched the Orioles from Norfolk and hoped to contribute.
"The team got off," Hall said. "I'm very excited to be a part of it and contribute to it in some ways."
Pitcher Matt Lindstrom is headed to the DL after a strong start to the season as a reliever. He felt a random pop in his right middle finger while pitching against the Rangers this week.
"Hopefully, it's nothing big," Lindstrom said. "It's something unexpected and unfortunate."
Posted May 12, 2012