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Lough held out of lineup, but available to play

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BALTIMORE -- David Lough was not in Friday's starting lineup, although manager Buck Showalter said the outfielder -- who was sent back to Baltimore on Tuesday night for concussion tests -- was available to him.

Lough would typically have gotten the start against a right-handed pitcher like Toronto's Dustin McGowan, but Showalter went with Nelson Cruz in left field instead.

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BALTIMORE -- David Lough was not in Friday's starting lineup, although manager Buck Showalter said the outfielder -- who was sent back to Baltimore on Tuesday night for concussion tests -- was available to him.

Lough would typically have gotten the start against a right-handed pitcher like Toronto's Dustin McGowan, but Showalter went with Nelson Cruz in left field instead.

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"We just want to be on the safe side with it and see where we are," Showalter said of the situation with Lough, who passed the concussion tests and returned to the team on Wednesday. "I talked to David about it today. I feel like I've got an understanding of what's going on, and we'll take it day-by-day."

Lough said after Wednesday's game that he had been dealing with some of the same concussion-like symptoms he had this spring, and he finally alerted the team, which sent him back to get some tests. Lough passed a battery of concussion tests this spring before he was allowed back on the field, but given the uncertainty around head injuries, is there any concern or more tests planned?

"Not yet," Showalter said. "We feel like with the testing that they did -- and now we've seen a couple of people about the concussion symptoms -- we feel like we've got a pretty [good] consensus there, and David does, too. We'll see if there are any other challenges that present themselves with it."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli.

 

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