Orioles reporters might want to wear their surgical masks when walking in the locker room tonight.
Roch Kubatko tweeted this afternoon that the flu bug has been making its way around the clubhouse. Dan Connolly added that Jim Johnson made a hospital visit this morning with flu symptoms.
Needless to say, JJ won’t be available for tonight’s matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays.
In addition to Johnson, Nolan Reimold is out tonight with a lingering neck injury. Reimold has missed three of the Birds last four games.
Mark Reynolds is also on the bench tonight as Ryan Flaherty gets the start at third base. “I just want him to take a breather mentally and really focus on some things he wants to get better at,” Buck Showalter told Kubatko.
Roch added that Reynolds has been bothered by the flu bug as well.
Probably the worse part of all is that Robert (Bob) Andino will miss Wednesday and Thursday’s games for the birth of his child in Miami.
It’s starting to feel like September around here.