MINNEAPOLIS—Brad Brach walked around the Orioles clubhouse with his right leg taped on Wednesday morning. The night before, Brach was hit in the right leg by a line drive hit by Minnesota’s Danny Santana in the seventh inning.
It was the only hit given up in three innings by the Orioles bullpen.
Manager Buck Showalter said that he hadn’t check,ed with Brach before his scheduled meeting with reporters about his availability. If there’s an injury issue, he’s heard about it before then.
“I was kidding him last night,” Showalter said. “When you get hit like that…you kind of go into a little shock and he didn’t feel it. In the dugout after he was pitching, he said: ‘That got me pretty good, didn’t it?’”
The ball didn’t travel far once it hit Brach, a sign that he took the ball directly.
“I haven’t heard anything yet, so that’s good news,” Showalter said.
Brach is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 15 games.
NOTES: Pedro Alvarez is sitting against the Twins’ right-handed starter, Phil Hughes. Showalter says that Alvarez should play over the next several games. Detroit, who the Orioles face in the next four days, have right-handed starters.
Mike Pelfrey, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Michael Fulmer are pitching against Ubaldo Jimenez, Chris Tillman, Mike Wright and Kevin Gausman.