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Banged-up O's in various stages of recovery

March 14, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. -- In the seventh inning of Monday's 6-4 win over the Phillies, catcher Caleb Joseph was hit by a pitch just above the left elbow. After the game, he described the injury as "a mere flesh wound" and insisted he could play on Tuesday. He reiterated that stance

SARASOTA, Fla. -- In the seventh inning of Monday's 6-4 win over the Phillies, catcher Caleb Joseph was hit by a pitch just above the left elbow. After the game, he described the injury as "a mere flesh wound" and insisted he could play on Tuesday. He reiterated that stance on Tuesday morning after he saw that Francisco Pena was catching against the Rays instead.
"We did not have him playing, and then [trainer Richie Bancells] said he was pretty good today and could play if he had to. We decided to give him a day. He's still pretty sore in there," manager Buck Showalter said.
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On Monday, Showalter said that the team was going to rest Chris Tillman for several days before testing his sore right shoulder. Tillman had to cut a bullpen session short on Sunday when he didn't feel right. He hasn't pitched this spring and won't begin the season as one of the team's five starters.
"Chris feels better today. That's encouraging. He felt better today than yesterday, so we'll see how that goes," Showalter said.
In other injury news, infielder Ryan Flaherty was given a cortisone injection in his right shoulder on Monday and will be out for a few days. It's the second time this spring that his shoulder has caused him to miss time.
Outfielder Chris Dickerson, who was hit on the right elbow on Sunday, was available on Tuesday, and first baseman Chris Davis, who has missed four days with bronchitis, returned to the lineup.
Outfielder Seth Smith, who has been out for three days with a sore right hamstring, is improving. "I think he's around the corner, but we're not in any hurry there," Showalter said.
The Orioles expect left-hander Vidal Nuno, who pitched for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, back in camp shortly.

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com