Lough has been dealing with hamstring and back injuries, while Hardy suffered a strained muscle in his left shoulder. The duo will join catcher Matt Wieters (Tommy John surgery) on the bench to start the 2015 season.
So how could the Orioles roster look when they take the field in Tampa Bay on April 6? Here’s what I’m thinking:
They’d be pretty righty heavy, only Flaherty, De Aza and Snider hit from the left side, but there aren’t many other options left for Showalter at this point. Jimmy Paredes and Everth Cabrera are switch hitters, but they’d likely be replacing lefties (De Aza/Snider and Flaherty) in Showalter’s lineup.
Left handed hitters have had only slightly more success against Chris Archer, the Rays opening day starter, over his career:
Despite Cabrera out-hitting Flaherty this spring, I still expect to see Flash at shortstop because of his defensive abilities at the position. He played 27 games there last season.