Orioles chose health over doubleheader

Orioles chose health over doubleheader
April 16, 2014, 1:00 pm
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BALTIMORE – There was some talk that if the Orioles game on Tuesday was rained out, there would be a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Obviously, that’s not the case.

“A couple of days ago, it might have been different. Each day there are some different variables in what you’re allowed to do,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Weather reports, sickness reports.”

There are two or three dates that the Orioles and Rays are considering for the makeup. Tampa Bay returns June 27-29 and Aug. 25-28.

June 26 is a common off day, but because it would result in 24 consecutive games without a break, it’s not allowed by MLB rules.

The Orioles have also been hurt by illness, and if players were unavailable because of sickness, they would be at a competitive disadvantage. Teams playing split doubleheaders can add a 26th player for a game. For a straight doubleheader, the player can not be added.

With Adam Jones and Evan Meek sent home on Tuesday, the Orioles didn’t want to feel vulnerable.

“A couple of days ago, when we were healthy, we would probably have tried to play two today,” Showalter said.

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“The way this thing’s going around [we might not be able] to field a team by game time of the second game. It’s not a risk you want to take.”

All things being equal, the Orioles would rather have scheduled a doubleheader for Wednesday than one in June, or even August.

“August doubleheaders are not a good idea usually, but you don’t know what’s going to happen by then. You might have two doubleheaders scheduled before that. What might look like a good day now…You’re trying to make sure the fans get plenty of heads up on it,” Showalter said.