O's hope Smith, Wright can avoid DL

June 15th, 2017

CHICAGO -- Down five injured players, the Orioles are hoping outfielder Seth Smith and right-hander Mike Wright can avoid being added to the disabled list.

Smith has a back strain and wasn't in the starting lineup for the third straight game against the White Sox on Thursday. Wright experienced shoulder soreness following a two-inning relief appearance in the Orioles' 10-6 win Wednesday and was unavailable.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Smith's issue was limited range-of-motion, which he's been getting treated for while on the trip.

"If he's not available, we'll probably have to think about the DL," Showalter said. "This is the third day. Hopefully we can stay away from that."

Wright's issue has lingered for longer. He didn't allow a run and was hitting the mid-90s with his fastball on Wednesday, but the White Sox also squared up some pitches that were lined right at Orioles defenders.

"He got hit pretty good," Showalter said. "We were lucky some of those balls were at people. Guys made some good plays on them. I thought he was fortunate to have the two innings. Looking back on it, he said he threw the one slider to [Jose] Abreu and then said he didn't feel very good after that in [his] second inning."

After the game, Wright alerted Showalter to an uptick in shoulder soreness he's battled off and on this season. Wright will be examined Friday in Baltimore by Dr. Michael Jacobs.

"That was a little bit alarming, because that was [after] three days off," Showalter said. "We'll see how that is [Friday]. Dr. Jacobs will see him when we get back, and we'll see what we're dealing with there."

The Orioles had already lost first baseman Chris Davis to a Grade 1 right oblique strain Monday, during the first game of the series. Davis was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to Tuesday, and has no timetable to return.

Closer Zach Britton (left forearm strain), right-hander (right shoulder strain and infielder (right shoulder strain) are also on the 10-day DL, while outfielder (right forearm strain) was transferred from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL on Wednesday.

Worth noting

• Catcher hasn't had much difficulty making the transition from the National League to the American League. Castillo, who had a five-RBI performance Wednesday night, is hitting .292 with five home runs and 22 RBIs in 137 plate appearances.

"It's a little hard, because you don't know the league, but I think they have to throw strikes here just like in the National League," Castillo said. "So, I just ask [my teammates] what a guy has, and I do my homework. I watch the video of the pitcher that I'm going to be facing, and I just go out there with my plan and try to execute when they give me a good pitch."

• Showalter is eager to see how Britton responds to a simulated outing Thursday in Frederick, Md. Britton has saved at least 35 games for the Orioles each of the past three seasons, including a career-high 47 last year. He converted five saves in eight relief appearances this season, before being placed on the DL retroactive to May 5.

• O'Day, who is eligible to come off the DL Saturday, did some throwing prior to the game Thursday in Chicago. It's still unclear whether he will return to the Orioles' bullpen this weekend.

• Assistant hitting coach Howie Clark filled in as first-base coach for a second straight game while first-base coach Wayne Kirby attends his daughter's high school graduation.