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Orioles' David Lough returns to team following concussion tests

By on 4/10/2014 08:30:00 AM

David Lough's status has been something of a mystery over the last couple of days. The Baltimore Orioles outfielder was briefly absent from the team and it even looked as though a DL move might be likely, with Jemile Weeks apparently joining the team as a likely replacement. Following further evaluation by doctors, everything seems to have cleared up and Lough was back with the team last night, as MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko reports.

The problem was related to Lough's minor spring training issues, which included light-headedness and 'floaters' in his eyes. The 28-year-old told Kubatko that the problem had lingered into the regular season and so the team sent him back to Baltimore for concussion tests. Far from the negative outcome initially expected, Lough was actually told he was fine to continue playing.

"It's been a lingering thing, just kind of playing through it, but they could tell I wasn't right out there. I didn't feel right, so I spoke up and said something. And they said I needed to go run some tests and everything is fine now."
 Lough also said that the symptoms were expected to go away by themselves without treatment. He entered last night's win over the Yankees as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning.

After coming over from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Danny Valencia this offseason, Lough looks to be in line for at least semi-regular playing time in left field, starting five out of the first nine games there, with Nelson Cruz getting the other four starts. Lough was a nice surprise for Kansas City in 2013, hitting .286/.311/.413 over 335 PA last season with solid outfield defence, leading to an eighth-place finish in AL Rookie of the Year voting.


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