Lough, Casilla still hurting, sit out Friday

Lough, Casilla still hurting, sit out Friday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Orioles had a pair of late scratches in Friday's starting lineup, with outfielder David Lough and infielder Alexi Casilla both making the trip and sitting out with respective injuries.

Lough, who took batting practice, had a stiff neck and was held out as a precautionary measure, while Casilla hyperextended his left knee.

"He had an appointment at three o'clock to see somebody about it," manager Buck Showalter said of Lough, who drove back with Casilla to Sarasota. "I'm not sure what's going on with it, his neck has been stiff, hasn't felt quite right the last couple days. Decided to not take any chances with it ... we wanted to get it looked at so it didn't linger. Way too early to talk about it, but I know he's dove a couple times in the outfield, he had that collision over in Fort Myers with the Red Sox. I don't know.

"He wanted to play, he's not real happy about it."

While Lough -- who was replaced in left field by Xavier Paul -- figures to have a roster spot, Casilla is a non-roster invitee who has already been slowed with a hamstring strain and been limited to just three games. Casilla is hitless in five at-bats and his latest setback could take him out of contention for the utility infield spot.

Casilla was replaced at shortstop by red-hot prospect Jonathan Schoop, who singled in his first at-bat and went 2-for-4 in a 2-2 tie.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.