BOSTON – David Lough got an unexpected phone call Thursday morning. The Orioles needed him back, and Lough jumped on a plane from Cleveland and played the ninth inning of that afternoon’s game in Washington.
Lough was designated for assignment last month, outrighted to Norfolk, but sent home when the Tides season ended.
"I wasn't anticipating it. I was home for a little over a week and it was a couple days ago, early in the morning, I got the phone call. I got ready as fast as I could just to get here for the game,” Lough said.
“I go home and I start working out and staying shape and always stay ready. I was in my basement taking dry cuts and stuff in my gym. I always stay ready, I always stay locked in, so when I got the call I'm ready to go."
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Being back in the minors wasn’t an enjoyable time for Lough.
“Not fun, not fun at all. When you get sent down and go to Triple-A, it’s more of getting over it mentally than it is physically. Just getting through that point, that transition, because the big leagues is so much different than being in Triple-A,” Lough said.
“There’s a lot of things you have to get through, but I persevered through it and I put together what I could down there and I feel like I’m more than capable of playing up here at the major league level.”
Lough batted .202 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 77 games for the Orioles.
He hit .259 in 14 games with Norfolk, but injuries slowed him.
“I was hurting pretty bad on my foot. When I went home for a couple days it went away for the most part. I think playing on it consistently wasn't make it any better, so a couple days rest and I was fine,” Lough said.
Lough is hoping to stay with the Orioles after this season.
“I’d like to. I think this organization. I like everything about it, but whenever that comes around I’ll focus on that. I’m just here to play baseball and help this team win and make that wild-card playoff spot,” Lough said.
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