SAN FRANCISCO—Buck Showalter is optimistic that Darren O’Day will return two weeks from now. O’Day went on the disabled list retroactive to Friday with a strain in his right shoulder rotator cuff. He's eligible to return on Aug. 27.
“I have a lot of confidence that we’ll get it resolved in that period. He was as sore today. Said he felt better after the [cortisone] shot. Darren was pretty adamant about not going on the DL when we left Oakland, when he flew back, but today he had a little different feel for it,” Showalter said.
He knew that O’Day was feeling differently because he didn’t fight the decision after consulting with team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs in Baltimore.
Showalter will change some roles with O’Day out. Mychal Givens will move up. and as Zach Britton said, younger pitchers will more opportunities.
“That’s what we did when Darren was out before. We’ve already kind of done that and we’ll continue to do it. That’s who we are, and how we have to do it,” Showalter said.
“We’re always looking from within. Mychal’s pitched well in a time of need. Our starters have gotten longer into the games, which has kept us from having to pitch some innings that we’ve pitched a lot this year.”
Givens is better qualified to pitch in more important spots.
“I think so. It’s been going on for a year and a half. Mychal is a rookie, right?” Showalter said. “But how do you get that experience? There’s only one way to get it and that’s to start doing it. People will ask, ‘How did you know Steve Pearce could play second base or third base?’ Well, I didn’t know but we’re going to run him out there and see what happens. He’s got the skillset to be able to do it. Some guys have to grow up quick.”
Vance Worley may get in some higher leverage situations.
“As opposed to who? It’s all hands on deck and our guys respond pretty well to that, what the team’s needs are. Like Zach was saying, there’s an opportunity around every corner. You’ve just got to be ready to take advantage of it. Some of it’s by necessity.”
NOTE: Steve Pearce, sidelined with a left forearm strain, isn’t in the lineup on Saturday for the sixth straight game.
“He may play today. In order to play him and Chris [Davis], you’d have to play one of them in the outfield and I didn’t want to put Chris in left field today. Steve’s a good first baseman but you’re also taking what I think is a Gold Glove first baseman and sticking him out in left field in a place he hasn’t played much,” Showalter said.
“The other big part of it is that we [are facing] two left-handed starters against Boston [Tuesday and Wednesday] and I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize Steve being available for those games. He will give us a nice weapon off the bench.”
Showalter isn’t saying if Pearce who played only the infield with Tampa Bay, will be restricted to first base and DH duties.
“No, I’m not going to commit to that. I feel like I could play him some places tonight if I had to if we had to switch and do some things. I’ll try to stay away from that, but we could. I talked to him today about managing it until we get to Tuesday. If we can manage it until Tuesday, we could have him back close to full strength I hope,” Showalter said.