08/29/10 8:57 PM ET
After hit to head, Lugo's CAT scan negative
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com
"It hit the helmet, I could hear it," Showalter said. "I hope that wasn't his head that I heard."
According to Lugo, the ball making direct contact with his head is actually what Showalter heard.
"It didn't hit me in the helmet," Lugo said. "It hit me straight in the back of the head right on top of my [right] ear."
Lugo left the game and received a CAT scan, which came back negative, and he also met with Angels doctor Lewis Yocum. Though he remained on the ground near first base briefly, Lugo said he never lost consciousness.
"I just got hit hard, I just got stung," he said. "I felt fine, I could play, I just wanted to be careful. I'm just going to wait and see how I feel tomorrow and the next day. I felt dizzy and a little ringing in my ear, then I felt fine."
The Orioles are off on Monday.
Lugo, 34, has suffered a concussion in his career, when he took a knee to the head as he slid in to second base in 2008. Lugo said Sunday's impact did not have the same feeling.
"We go into Tuesday figuring we're going to be on the cautious side," Showalter said.
The Angels first baseman Juan Rivera is a converted outfielder. Showalter said that Rivera told him Weaver threw a cutter to first.
The Orioles bench is already short with Adam Jones and Brian Roberts both missing the game. Jones is expected to return on Tuesday.
Roberts, Jones remain out of O's lineup
ANAHEIM -- Adam Jones and Brian Roberts remained out of the Orioles lineup for Sunday's game after both sat out Saturday's 5-0 win.
Jones, out for five straight games with a left shoulder contusion, said he felt much better Sunday and is expected to be available Tuesday when the Orioles face Boston to start a six-game homestand.
"We feel confident we'll get him back on Tuesday, so we'll take the benefit of today and tomorrow," manager Buck Showalter said.
Roberts, tweaked his left hip, which had been bothering him for about a week, with a swing on Friday night. A timetable for Roberts' return was uncertain. He's played in just 35 game this season because of injury.
"The doctor for the Angels looked at it, and I think [trainer Richard Bancells] is pretty confident between the doctor and him that they got their arms around what they're dealing with," Showalter said.
Showalter said there were no plans for Roberts to receive an MRI, and that the roster expansion on Wedensday would allow the team to cope if Roberts needed to miss more time.
Both Jones and Roberts are to receive treatment in Baltimore on Monday.
Jones influenced by Angels' Hunter
ANAHEIM -- Growing up in San Diego, Adam Jones' favorite players were Tony Gwynn and Ken Griffey Jr. He watched a lot of Angels games and Dodgers games, and that made sense considering where Jones lived.
Once he reached pro ball, though, Jones' favorite to watch quickly became the Angels' Torii Hunter.
"I met him in '06 or '07," Jones said. "He's the latter part of this generation. He's a guy that some of the younger African-Americans, especially outfielders [look up to]. He's definitely my favorite player to watch."
Jones and Hunter make it a point to see each other away from the field when they cross paths. Hunter has said this season that he sees himself most in Jones and Seattle's Franklin Gutierrez.
"I watch the way he plays the game," Jones said. "He's always out there with a smile, no matter what. He's always smiling. That's the part I like about him. In the game of baseball, he's by far my favorite player to watch."
Execution of fundamentals paying off for O's
ANAHEIM -- The Orioles' off-ball play has put them in position for a three-game series sweep on Sunday at Angel Stadium.
That's Ty Wigginton on the basepaths during Saturday's 5-0 win scoring from second on a ball fielded by the pitcher, and outfielder Nick Markakis and Corey Patterson being in position to back-up a wild throw after a rundown in Friday's 3-1 victory.
"We had a rundown at second where a ball got by into right field where Nicky's waiting on it, Patty's standing right beside him," manager Buck Showalter said. "Everybody's got a place to be."
That the club has responded is likely in part a function of the expectations Showalter has laid out. When something does go awry, Showalter said he can address those situations himself, but he leans heavily on his coaching staff.
"You always try to go through the coaches with it initially, but sometimes things do get to your desk," Showalter said. "The ideal situation is players police themselves, hold themselves to a high standard."
After Jim Johnson made his first appearance since April in the ninth inning of Saturday's 5-0 win, manager Buck Showalter said on Sunday there are some limitations to his use of the right-hander, but he did not want to detail them publicly, because he doesn't want Johnson thinking about it. "It's something I keep in mind," Showalter said. "He's answered about every challenge down below, the only difference is the level of play." Johnson could see some save opportunities if the situation called for it, Showalter said, but there were no plans to put Johnson into the closer's role down the stretch. ... Without prompting, Showalter talked about 2008 second round Draft pick Xavier Avery, who homered Saturday at Double-A Bowie. Showalter nodded his head affirmatively and knowingly when asked if Avery was the real deal. "He had a football scholarship to Georgia, which gets my attention. Obviously he's an athletically skilled kid," Showalter said. A 20-year-old from Georgia, Avery is hitting .277 with six home runs and 37 stolen bases in 127 games between Class A Frederick and Bowie. ... A win Sunday would clinch Baltimore's first three-game road sweep since June 2009, at Philadelphia. ... Luke Scott is sixth in the American League in slugging (.611).
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.