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Woozy Buck Showalter exits in first, returns in third inning

Sep 26, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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Orioles manager Buck Showalter was examined in the dugout and helped back into the clubhouse in the top of the first inning Monday night during Baltimore’s game against the Red Sox.

It’s unclear what might have happened with Showalter, but he wasn’t very steady on his feet as he exited.  He didn’t seem particularly alert before departing, even when the trainer shined a light into his eyes as part of the quick exam on the bench.

So, let’s just hope Buck is OK.

7:20 p.m. EDT: The Orioles have stated that Showalter suffered a minor ankle injury earlier in the day, which might help explain why Showalter needed help getting down to the clubhouse as he left. There has to be more going on than that alone, though. Showalter would have managed through a minor ankle injury.

8:45 p.m. EDT: Apparently, it really was a false alarm.  Looking much more like his usual self, Showalter returned to his seat on the bench to begin the third inning.

  1. baseballisboring - Sep 26, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    I saw it on the Sox-O’s broadcast. He barely looked conscious, it was kinda scary, but he did walk out and he was barely being helped so let’s hope it was nothing too too bad.

  2. shawnuel - Sep 26, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Monster Menstrual cramps!

    • paperlions - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:14 PM

      Monster moronic comment!

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Could the Red Sox suck any worse? Jesus Christ Beckett can you pitch a frigging game like you are interested in winning? He lollygags a throw over to first base, not even looking at second when he could have gotten the guy by a mile. He just doesn’t seem to give a shit. It’s ridiculous. I have never seen a team with so much talent quit so badly. When you lose games to the stinking Orioles you have quit.

    Would anyone be too surprised if Tito is fired if they don’t make the playoffs?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:43 PM

      Tito has to get the ax if they don’t make the playoffs, right? I mean, somebody has to go after what would be a monumental collapse.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM

        This is just insane and the way Beckett looked tonight, it seemed to me he couldn’t be bothered. It was ho-hum yadda-yadda-yadda. 6 runs in 6 innings in the most important game of the year against the orioles? WTF????

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:48 PM

        I agree with you. I know he has that style about him, but he looked real sluggish out there tonight. He also looked fat, but that isn’t particularly relevant I suppose. The whole team seams to lack a bit of fire right now. I don’t know how that could be. You figured they would come out fired up after last nights W.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:55 PM

        I think he had an extra shirt on underneath his jersey…at least I hope so. If that was just fat, then I underestimated how much he really doesn’t give a damn :D

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:02 PM

        Meanwhile, Mad Dog is getting squeezed like crazy in Atlanta. And the Red Sox tease their fans with loading the bases with one out and they can’t even squeeze a run home. Pathetic.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:10 PM

        Lidge was getting squeezed too. Bucknor’s strike zone was bizarre all night actually.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:14 PM

        I didnt see much of the Phillies between flipping with the Cowboys and the Red Sox…looks like the Cardinals are six outs from losing to the Stros. Red Sox are dead, but the Braves may be lucking out with a little help from the Astros. The Red Sox collapse is complete…after tonight they will be tied and they can’t rely on help from anyone else anymore. Does anyone really think they can win a playoff in Tampa? That’s the kind of statement that LOL was created for.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:21 PM

        Ellsbury gets on, crawford weak groundout pedroia single…ortiz single…Is Crawford the Least Valuable player in the American League this year or what? I mean…come one dude…season on the line and you hit a feeble grounder to first? Pathetic.

      • paperlions - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:23 PM

        LaRussa just pinch hit from Freese with Descalso so he could get the lefty-right matchup. Freese is a far better hitter than Descalso AND hits much better against RHP than Descalso does. Descalo weakly grounded out to 1st, stranding runners at 2nd and 3rd. LaRussa simply can not stay out of the way….Freese and Furcal are already out of the game for much weaker hitting replacements…and the Cardinals need to find 2 more runs to tie it up. I should just turn it off and watch MNF….much less frustrating.

      • paperlions - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:24 PM

        * for Freese….I’m too annoyed to form coherent sentences

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:34 PM

        Pujols/Holliday double steal, then the Puma a 2-run double to tie it up. Maybe they bailed out TLR once again!!!! Bye Bye Bravos?

      • paperlions - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:46 PM

        *Sigh*

        Twice the Cardinals have had men on 1st and 2nd with no out and sacrificed them over. None of those 4 runners have scored. The last hitter was Punto…hitting in Furcal’s spot in the order…he dribbled one to 1st, that Carlos Lee almost played into a error. Keep the double switches coming, they are working great.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:47 PM

        Tony seems to like that bunt with 1st and 2nd and no outs.

      • paperlions - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:48 PM

        Oh yeah, and now Berkman is out of the game for a pinch runner (another substitution that didn’t matter)….tied in the 8th, no Berkman, no Freese, no Furcal.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 26, 2011 at 11:27 PM

        And in extras, the Astros bail out the Braves. TLR with all those subs I am surprised he had anybody left. He is amazing.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    They probably gave him some Percocets or Vicodin. I didn’t see the incident in question, but if he was out of it then magically back with it that could be an explanation. Maybe he took them on an empty stomach or something. Went back, throw up then ate a snack. Good as new.

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