Splint removed, Teagarden not close

Splint removed, Teagarden not close
May 18, 2013, 4:30 pm
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(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

BALTIMORE – Taylor Teagarden has had the splint removed from his dislocated left thumb. However, his return to the Orioles isn’t imminent.

Teagarden injured the thumb exactly three weeks ago, and when he was injured, the forecast was that he’d be sidelined three-four weeks.

Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t expect him back any time soon.

Teagarden was 0-for-13 in four games. Chris Snyder, who was acquired from the Angels is 1-for-7 in two games. Matt Wieters has started 36 of the team’s 42 games behind the plate. With three off days since he was acquired, Snyder hasn’t gotten to play much.

With the Orioles just beginning a stretch of 17 games in as many days, Snyder will probably play a little more. He could also play on Sunday.

Last year, Teagarden injured his back in early March and didn’t play for the Orioles until mid-July. He did provide some key hits in the second half.