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Teagarden sitting out with stiff lower back


SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden came in Friday with some lower back stiffness and manager Buck Showalter said the team will monitor the situation the next few days as Teagarden recovers.

"Dealing with what I had to go through last year, if I have to take a day or two to let it calm down, that's fine," said Teagarden, who didn't play until July 14 because of a lower back injury. "Spring Training -- it's a lot on the body because we get hot. We do an activity, and then we sit down, then we have to do something in the next hour, so it's a lot to ask on the body throughout the day. Little things like this can come up every now and again, so I'm just trying to make sure it stays where it's at, and hopefully, a day or two."

Teagarden was slowed last spring with a lower back issue that plagued him for months and he got several epidural injections and worked hard to rehab back and return to the Orioles. Slated to be catcher Matt Wieters' backup again this season, Teagarden said what he woke up with on Friday morning wasn't comparable to his previous injury.

"Last year was like radiating pain down my spine," he said. "I don't feel anything like that.

"Tomorrow I'll talk to [catching coach John Russell] and some of these people and let them know how I feel. I expect to feel significantly better tomorrow. We'll see if I play or not."

Teagarden hit .158 /.226 /.316 in 22 games and had several clutch hits for the Orioles last season, including a walk-off home run in his first game.

"We've got plenty of time, so we are not going to rush it," Showalter said. "I think we'd be the same amount of cautious with anybody with this amount of time. But, you can make a case for us being a little overcautious with [catcher Luis] Martinez."

Martinez has been sidelined with a strained left oblique, although he is inching closer to being cleared to play.

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