The Orioles will try to avoid further injuries when they face the Seattle Mariners in the middle game of their series at Camden Yards.
“Hopefully, we’ll be resilient,” manager Lee Mazzilli said. “You lose a guy and it’s a tough blow, but what are you going to do? You’ve got to go out and play, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Sosa, sidelined since May 4 with a staph infection on the bottom of his left foot, returned Tuesday night before the Orioles beat the Mariners 3-2 in the series opener. However, Baltimore lost Lopez in the third inning after he was hit on his non-glove hand by a foul tip off the bat of Seattle’s Bret Boone.
“Knowing that I’m going to miss at least six weeks is pretty frustrating, especially when I’m starting to feel good with the bat and right when Sammy came back to the lineup,” Lopez said. “I’ve been hit by foul tips before, but this is the first time I broke a bone.”
Baltimore also received a scare when leadoff hitter Brian Roberts was hit in the left knee by a pitch from reliever Ron Villone in the seventh. Roberts remained on the ground for several minutes before taking his base, but left after reaching second on a grounder. He will be evaluated Wednesday.
“Everybody has to deal with injuries,” the Orioles’ Jay Gibbons said. “Fortunately I think Brian is OK, but Javy is hurt. We’re going to have to fill the void at the catching position and offensively.”
Trailing 2-1, the Orioles tied it on Sosa’s sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the seventh, and then got the winning run on Gibbons’ solo homer in the eighth.
The Mariners will next ask Jamie Moyer to continue his dominance of the Orioles. Moyer is 15-2 with a 3.04 ERA in 25 career games, including 23 starts, against his former team—easily his best numbers against any opponent he has faced at least 10 times.
Moyer will be opposed by Rodrigo Lopez, who is looking for his first win since April 10 and his first career victory against the Mariners.
The 29-year-old right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.37 ERA in seven starts since winning his first two outings of the season.