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SARASOTA, Fla. – When Buck Showalter mentioned that Taylor Teagarden would be out for a few days with back spasms, there was a sense of déjà vu.
Last March, just a few days into exhibition play, Teagarden had a lower back injury that was supposedly day-to-day.
The days turned into weeks and then months. Teagarden didn’t play until after the All-Star break.
This time is different.
“Last year was very concerning because I had a really good idea of what happened. This time, maybe taking too many extra swings when I was not loose or something like that, and it can kind of catch up to you later in the day, so it's nothing really serious, hopefully go away in a day or two,” Teagarden said.
Last year was like radiating pain down my spine. I don't feel anything like that."
He said he noticed a difference early Friday.
“Real stiff, pretty achy this morning, a little more than normal. Just want to be a little cautious, you know. Dealing with what I had to go through last year, if I have to take a day or two to let it calm down, that's fine,” Teagarden said.
The Orioles may be short on backup catchers for a while. Luis Martinez has yet to play because of a strained oblique muscle. Chris Robinson is leaving the team this weekend to play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic and Allan de San Miguel left last weekend to play for Australia.
Besides Luis Exposito, Jose Gil will be the only other uninjured backup catcher in camp, though the Orioles brought in Steel Russell, son of bench coach for Friday’s game.
Teagarden has said that his back is an issue that he’s going to have to monitor for the rest of his life.
“I've been dealt this situation, so I'm going to have to combat it, and deal with it, and it's a daily responsibility that I'm going to have to handle," Teagarden said.