BALTIMORE – Alexi Casilla had perhaps his best game with the Orioles on Sunday, making a terrific tag at second base and having two hits and two RBIs. However, he wasn’t in the lineup for Monday’s game.
It wasn’t that Casilla is 3-for-19 against Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver. It was the jammed right index finger Casilla suffered when he was tagged out trying to steal in his first unsuccessful stolen base attempt in more than a year.
Showalter said that he was learning toward playing Casilla, but the finger convinced him to start Ryan Flaherty, who’s gotten a little more time at second base.
“He’s OK, a little sore in his right index finger,” Showalter said. “I was contemplating playing him. Hopefully, he’ll be available for us tonight and tomorrow he’s going to go out and throw a little bit, see how it feels.”
Showalter said that absent Brian Roberts, he considers Casilla, who’s batting .224, and Flaherty, who begin Monday with a 168 average, equal.
“They’ve played more than one day in a row and will again,” Showalter said.