BALTIMORE – Darren O’Day will not be on the plane to Toronto that leaves after Thursday night’s game. O’Day, who has been missing from the Orioles bullpen during critical situations in recent days, is having a battery of medical tests for numbness and pain in the second and third fingers on his right hand, manager Buck Showalter said.
In the last two games, O’Day was not used at times he would normally, and Showalter wouldn’t answer specific questions about his availability.
It’s possible that O’Day will see hand specialist Dr. Brian Schofield in Sarasota, Fla.
“They need to get a grip, our hands around what’s causing it. They’ve done a lot of structural tests. They’ve done blood, nerve. They’re just trying to get an idea of what’s causing it,” Showalter said. “They’re sore. His fingers are sore at certain times and it’s kind of gone back and forth. He had a couple of days where it didn’t bother him at all, and then it came back again.”
Showalter said that it’s been bothering him for the last week or two. O’Day was not in the Orioles clubhouse when it was opened to reporters.
“It’s kind of gotten more frequent and closer. Don’t like it,” Showalter said.
O’Day is 5-3 with a 2.28 ERA and two saves in 63 games. He last appeared on Saturday when he pitched two innings against Chicago.
“I haven’t been able to use him for a while. Couple times I could have but didn’t want to because I thought it would flame up again, which it did. It came up just trying to test it in the outfield before a game,” Showalter said.
On Tuesday, Showalter used Kevin Gausman, and Wednesday, Tommy Hunter in situations he might have normally used O’Day.
“I present it as something that opens up an opportunity for somebody else to present themself well,” Showalter said. “It’s killing him because he sees situations,” Showalter said.