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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Orioles' Alexi Casilla dealing with right hamstring tightness


By on 2/25/2014 03:30:00 PM

The Baltimore Orioles came into Spring Training following an 85 win season, good for third place in the American League East. Although they fell short of the playoffs, the Orioles feel ready to make a push this season for a playoff spot. One area of concern is infield depth.  Behind Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado are Jonathan Schoop, Alexi Casilla and Steve Pearce.  Of the three, Casilla has the most Major League experience, but he left today's workout with a hamstring injury, and although it doesn't appear serious, is the type of injury that can linger and recur if not cared for properly.




Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons

As reported by Rich Kubatko at mansports.com, Casilla left practice with tightness in his right hamstring. He walked off the field with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells.  Casilla didn't seem overly concerned and estimated he could miss two or three days of workouts. 

"I just felt my hamstring a little bit. We were taking grounders and there was a ground ball up the middle, and that's when I felt it. I could have kept going, but we're practicing right now. We're not playing any games yet. I've got to be ready to play in games."
Casilla is currently battling 22-year old Schoop for the back up spot to Ryan Flaherty at second base. Schoop has only five games of big league experience and is 4-for-15 with a home run and one RBI.  Casilla should have the upper hand in the battle with his extensive experience, but any setback in recovering from this injury could give Schoop an upper hand.

Casilla played 62 games with the Orioles last season and batted .214 with a home run and 10 RBI.  He previously played for the Minnesota Twins from 2006 through 2012. Casilla's best season was in 2008 when he hit .281 with seven home runs and 50 RBI.  In 577 career games, Casilla has 12 home runs 157 RBI and a  .248 batting average.

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