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October 24, 2010

Mahoney sprains wrist, returns home to see team doctors

Orioles first base prospect Joe Mahoney, who is playing winter ball in Venezuela, suffered a right wrist sprain on Wednesday in the only game that he has played for Bravos de Margarita.

Mahoney went 0-for-4 in that game with three strikeouts, and apparently suffered the injury on one of the swings.

He had a magnetic resonance imaging performed and that didn't reveal anything serious, according to a team official. However, there is still swelling in the wrist so he has decided to come back to Baltimore to see team doctors.

It's still too early to determine when - or if - Mahoney will return to Venezuela.

Mahoney, 23, hit .307 with 18 homers and 78 RBIs in 124 games this past season for Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie. He was given the organization's Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year award.

Several other Orioles' prospects are playing in the Arizona Fall League. Below is their numbers so far. I didn't include infielder Tyler Townsend because his AFL stint is over after he had a cyst surgically removed from his hand. He played in just one game, going 1-for-4.

Position players
Ryan Adams 9-for-27 (.333) 1 HR 8 RBIs 2 runs 1 BB 6 Ks
Xavier Avery 7-for-27 (.259) 5 runs 1 RBI 4 BBs 8 Ks 3 SBs
Caleb Joseph 5-for-12 (.417) 5 runs 1 BBs 2 Ks
Greg Miclat 9-for-27 (.333) 1 2B 1 RBI 1 run 4 BBs 5 Ks

Oliver Drake 6 1/3 IP 5 ERs (7.11 ERA) 4 hits 4 BBs 6 Ks
Pat Egan 5 2/3 IP 1 ERs (1.59 ERA) 6 hits 0 BBs 3 Ks
Kam Mickolio 2 2/3 IP 1 ERs (3.38 ERA) 3 hits 1 BB 3 Ks
Wynn Pelzer 4 1/3 IP 2 ERs (4.15 ERA) 3 hits 6 BBs 4 Ks

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 11:21 AM | | Comments (4)


Mahoney is/was the single standout breakthrough position player this year. It will be interesting to keep an eye on him. Really hope this injury doesn't hamper his progress.

Mahoney. Great guy. Super family.

I doubt if Mahoney even wants to be in Venezuela.The o's have a way of ruining thier prospects like Reimold and rushing Wieters last year when it wasn't necessary.They aren't even that excited about Bergy,Berken or Hernandez.

I thought showalter was a super prepared and decisive manager but it's been nothing but handwrinigng over coaching positions.Crowley doesn't want to go back to traveling through the minor leagues. If they didn't want him as hitting coach they should have just let hm go to get another ML job.

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