SAN FRANCISCO—What will the Orioles do without Darren O’Day? How long will he be lost?
The first question is the easier one to answer. The Orioles went for seven weeks without O’Day when he suffered a strained right hamstring and went 26-18.
“It’s going to tough. We did it before. We just kind of have to get back to that mindset we had of kind of carrying the load a little bit more with some other guys. It’s just an opportunity for another young guy to step up and do a good job,” Zach Britton said.
Brad Brach, who didn’t retire either of the two batters he faced in Friday’s game, will have a more prominent role. So might Mychal Givens and Vance Worley.
“Myself and Brad just kind of continue doing what we’ve been doing, I think. It’s just…It’s going to be a group effort down there. It’s not one individual guy. We have a lot of guys throwing well, and they’re going to need to continue doing that, and some other guys that are going to maybe need to be in situations where they’re not as comfortable yet. They’re going to have to get the job done. That’s just kind of how it’s going to work.”
Left-hander Donnie Hart, Ubaldo Jimenez and the newly recalled Tyler Wilson comprise the rest of the bullpen.
Britton spoke with O’Day, and he knows how his colleague feels.
“I think he’s really frustrated. He prides himself being a guy who’s very consistent, durable and it’s pretty unfortunate for him right now. But I know he’s going to do everything he can to get back to us. Hopefully, within that 15 day period. Hopefully, when that time’s up he’ll be ready to go,” Britton said.
“I can’t control who’s hurt or who’s not. Same thing with Brad. The one thing that me and him talked about the first time that Darren was injured was, “Hey, you know what? It’s not like we’re going to throw three or four innings.’ Our job is our job. Yeah, we’ve got to be a little bit sharper.”