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Orioles' Dwight Smith Jr. Says He's Ready To Play After Quad Injury

April 23, 2019
Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. has been a spark for the Orioles so far this season.

That's why there was some overriding concern when he was forced to leave the game in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins April 21 with tightness in his right quadriceps. 

Smith told reporters prior to the series opener against the Chicago White Sox that he was not hampered by the injury. Still, manager Brandon Hyde wanted to give Smith some extra rest and held him out of the lineup. 

Smith is batting .289 with four homers and 15 RBIs during 83 at-bats. 

"The leg is feeling fine ... feeling better than it did yesterday," Smith said. "I was walking around fine this morning. I'm available. I expected that they were going to give me a day and see how my body reacted the next morning. Just take it from there day to day. I should be in there [April 23]."

Smith endured similar discomfort against the Boston Red Sox April 14. He was held out of the starting lineup before entering as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and flied out to center. 

While Hyde was also comfortable with his progress following the latest setback, he still wants to be careful and not aggravate the injury. 

"He feels a lot better, so good news on that," Hyde said.

Extended Bullpen

Orioles catcher Jesus Sucre threw the ninth inning against the White Sox April 22, becoming the third position player to pitch for the team in 2019. 

Sucre, who made his sixth career appearance on the mound, retired the side with two ground balls and a flyout in the 12-2 loss. Prior to this season, the Orioles used a position player to pitch just nine times in their 65-year history, according to MLB.com.

Orioles infielder Hanser Alberto allowed two runs in one inning in a 15-3 loss to the New York Yankees April 7, and first baseman Chris Davis pitched the ninth inning and allowed a pair of runs in a 16-7 loss to the Twins April 20. 

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