Given lack of depth, potential loss of Beckham is worse than dropping another game - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Dan Connolly

Given lack of depth, potential loss of Beckham is worse than dropping another game

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It’s bad enough the Orioles dropped another game Monday night, a 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians that marked the Orioles (6-17) ninth defeat in 10 games and 10th time this season they’ve scored two runs or fewer.

But now they are potentially looking at the loss of another key player.

With one out in the eighth inning, starting infielder Tim Beckham singled to chase Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco from the game.

While reliever Andrew Miller entered, Orioles head athletic trainer Brian Ebel and manager Buck Showalter attended to Beckham at first base.

Beckham stayed in the game and moved to second on a single by Manny Machado, but then Beckham was replaced by pinch-runner Luis Sardinas.

After the game, Showalter admitted he was concerned about Beckham, who apparently has been dealing with an Achilles issue for a little while and then tweaked his groin Monday.

“He’s had soreness with his Achilles, but his groin was a little sore there, too. That (groin discomfort) he had in the spring,” Showalter said. “He said he felt OK, and then I watched him run to second and it’s obvious he wasn’t. … I’ll know a lot more tomorrow and after tonight, but it’s a concern. I’m a little more concerned about the groin right now. Really both (the Achilles and the groin).”

Beckham was receiving treatment after the game and was not available for comment.

But from Showalter’s ominous tone, it sounds like this could be a disabled list situation.

And that’s tough for a club that already has starting second baseman Jonathan Schoop on the DL with a right oblique strain. Schoop ran on the field some Monday and participated in baseball activities, but his return is not yet imminent. The lineup is also without designated hitter Mark Trumbo (quad), who went 1-for-3 with a walk in an injury rehab game with Double-A Bowie. He potentially could be back by the time the Orioles head to the West Coast next week.

The Orioles also have not had left fielder and leadoff hitter Trey Mancini since Friday, when he banged his right knee against the outfield wall. Mancini, however, did pinch-hit Monday and struck out.

Mancini, assuming he can play Tuesday, likely will go back to the leadoff spot, but Beckham’s absence will be felt elsewhere. Despite batting .179 so far this season, Beckham will be difficult to replace simply because of the club’s lack of infield depth.

Luis Sardinas probably will have to start at second base with Danny Valencia at third if Beckham needs a couple days to rest, but isn’t a DL situation. However, that scenario would leave Showalter with a two-man bench, including his backup catcher. So, if Beckham’s situation looks like it could linger beyond a day or two — and that’s the sense — the Orioles will be forced to DL him and bring back Engelb Vielma, who was sent to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.

Vielma is eligible to return now only if he is replacing an injured player.

This is an offense that has not been able to hit. And Beckham is one of the culprits, but at least his potential to provide a spark is there. Losing him is inopportune at best; at worst, it’s another rough blow to a bad team.

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Wade Warren

    April 23, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Moutakaus at third was not a bad idea and could Orioles bring back JJ Hardy ?

    • Jbigle1

      April 24, 2018 at 1:15 am

      JJ is a SS and would take time to get ready. I’d prefer Brandon Phillips if we bring a guy in. I’m sure JJ could handle 3rd and 2nd but he really can’t hit anymore either.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 24, 2018 at 9:54 am

      By the time either was ready Beckham/Schoop will be back. I know you could use someone as a utility player. But the real need is now. And it likely will be Valencia/Sardinas/Vielma.

  2. Creatively_19

    April 24, 2018 at 1:03 am

    I don’t like feeling so negative about this team, but there’s no depth and they’re just not built to win. A lineup with Valencia, Gentry, and Alvarez just isn’t going to get the O’s to the Wild Card, let alone compete with Boston for the AL East. It’s so frustrating.

  3. Jbigle1

    April 24, 2018 at 1:10 am

    We could always DFA vielma and use another utility guy. Sardinas and vielma are the same player to me. Vielma probably has a better glove but due to circumstance I’d cut vielma lose. Bring up Tejada I guess. All the options are bad. Sardinas, vielma, tejada whats the real difference? None of them can hit a lick. It’s a long shot and wouldn’t help in the short term but Brandon Phillips is still a FA. He plays a better 3B than Valencia and can cover 2nd. If TB ‘s injury is significant or lingers it wouldn’t be a bad insurance policy.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 24, 2018 at 9:55 am

      If it is significant then sure. Worth exploring.

  4. AlaskanOsFan

    April 24, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Y not give Mountcastle a shot? Short term look can’t hurt when even your supposed studs aren’t hitting or haven’t in awhile..cough cough Davis

    • Grand Strand Bird Fan

      April 24, 2018 at 8:08 am

      Unfortunately Mouncastle has been on the DL for a while. I think he was hit by a pitch and fractured his thumb. The Orioles dont have many options internally. Aaron Hill and Brandon Phillips are the only veterans that I know of who are available.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 24, 2018 at 9:56 am

      He hasn’t played since March. Doing basic activities now. And his defense is raw anyway. And that can be deflating at MLB level.

  5. jkneps63

    April 24, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Corban Joseph?

    • Dan Connolly

      April 24, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Not on 40-man. Not sure about defense.

      • jkneps63

        April 24, 2018 at 3:02 pm

        Jace Peterson?

        260 games at 2B RF: 4.53, FPCT: .980, OBP: 0.319

        Seems like a pretty good pick up by Duquette.

  6. Orial

    April 24, 2018 at 9:07 am

    What’s ironic is that if thete ever was a time for for Flaherty now’s it. Erik Aybar. A shame and no excuse to have such a lame minor league system.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 24, 2018 at 9:57 am

      Middle infield is definitely a major void in the system.

  7. Jbigle1

    April 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Jace Peterson. Should’ve seen it coming from a mile away. Definitely an upgrade over what we have but that isn’t much.

    • jkneps63

      April 24, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      Give him a chance, he might end up being in the Trey/Chance mold. He had a 0.350 OBP over 115 games with ATL in 2016.

      Just imagine this: Trey, Jace, Chance, Manny as 1 through 4 in the O’s order…backed by Bundy, Gausman, Cashner as their top three starters. The playoffs might not be out of the question Jbigle1!!!

  8. jonniebmore

    April 26, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    No great loss losing Beckham. Seems like a great guy but not a very good baseball player. Just ask Tampa.

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