Baltimore Orioles reliever Darren O'Day has been experiencing soreness and tingling in his fingers. It's never a good sign when a pitcher, or any player for that matter, has shooting pain, tingling, or soreness extending to the extremities. That's why the Orioles are trying to get a quick handle on what's going on. They have sent O'Day for tests in hopes of a firm diagnosis.
Roch Kubatko of MASN says O'Day is flying to Florida to have some tests run. He will not travel with the team until the tests are complete. O'Day had been experiencing soreness and tingling in the index and middle finger of his pitching hand.
"Darren O'Day's not going with us on this trip," manager Buck Showalter said. "That's the plan. He had some tests today. They've done a great job, our doctors and the people here in Baltimore, getting all the tests done, trying to figure out how long and what we're dealing with here."
O'Day has already undergone a battery of tests with the team doctors in Baltimore, but the club still does not know what is causing the issue. It could be any number of things from a pinched nerve to poor circulation. The Orioles are hoping to have a definitive answer this weekend.
While Baltimore battles for a Wild Card spot in the American League East, they will seemingly have to do it without O'Day. He may return during the regular season, but until there is a diagnosis, it's hard to predict that. Without O'Day, the Orioles will be without one of their best relievers. That will put extra pressure on the rest of the bullpen.
O'Day has appeared in 63 games this season and has a sparkling 2.28 ERA. The 30-year old is pitching in his sixth Major League season. In his career, he has posted a 2.64 ERA.