“It's frustrating,” he said. “I don't know if I'll have a little improvement every day or wake up one day and have it be gone.”
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He already has undergone a round of anti-inflammatory medication. The epidural injection could be the first of three shots, depending on the effectiveness of each one. Reimold said he did not know when and if he would have a second one, but manager Buck Showalter seemed to think that would be the next step.
“I’d be less than forthcoming if I didn’t [say] the prospect of a second injection was a probability,” Showalter said.
Sharon Robinson, the daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, was in Baltimore on Tuesday for the third time this year — this time to take part in a pre-game ceremony honoring Hunter Youngblood, the grand-prize winner in the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life Essay Contest.
Robinson, educational programming consultant for Major League Baseball, was here this spring for a President’s Cup event and also was present when Frank Robinson was honored at Camden Yards with the first statue unveiled in the former center-field picnic area behind the bullpens.
She spent Tuesday visiting Youngblood and his fellow students at Piccowaxen Middle School in Charles County and speaking to them about the way her father overcame a history of institutional racism and opened major league baseball to African-American players.
She developed the Breaking Barriers program in 1997, during the 50th-anniversary celebration of her father breaking baseball’s color barrier.
“It’s based on my dad’s standing as a barrier breaker,” she said.
Thousands of students participate by writing essays about the barriers they have had to break. Youngblood’s essay chronicled his commitment to overcoming a learning disability.
The defense still rests
Showalter was asked during his pre-game news briefing whether there was anything he could do to improve the Orioles’ infield defense — a fair question after first baseman Chris Davis made a key error in Monday night’s game that helped the New York Yankees overcome a two-run deficit in the sixth inning.
“I sure hope so,” Showalter said. “It’s something we have to get better at. The majority of our errors have been throwing errors, but an error is an error.”
Davis came to Baltimore with a reputation as a very solid defensive first baseman but has not played up to his own expectations.
“I can’t be making errors like I made [Monday] night,” he said. “If you’re not swinging the bat well, you’ve got to bring something else [to the field]. It bothers me because I know my reputation over here, coming from the Rangers, was a guy who could really pick it defensively. And I haven’t had the greatest year defensively. … I went back and looked at the ball last night [on replay]. It was a tough hop, but it is still a play that has got to be made.”
Righty reliever Matt Lindstrom has a partially torn ligament in the middle finger of his pitching hand and will be evaluated by a hand specialist.