Orioles' Ohlman Has Big League Experience Cut Short
SARASOTA, FLA.—Catcher Michael Ohlman injured his right shoulder after his truck flipped over in a wreck during spring training, ending his stay in major league camp and jeopardizing his season.
A driver cut off Ohlman, 21, as he left the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Fortunately, Ohlman avoided serious injury, but an MRI apparently revealed significant damage to his shoulder. Ohlman sought a second opinion from Orioles orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens before deciding whether to have surgery.
Ohlman was headed to a mall after working out at the facility. He was wearing his seatbelt, which may have saved his life, and he remained conscious. He crawled out of the truck as it rested on its hood.
"It was pretty scary," he told reporters. "Hopefully, it's a quick recovery."
Ohlman, an 11th-round pick in the 2009 draft out of a Florida high school, batted .224/.320/.307 at low Classa A Delmarva last season. He didn't originally receive an invitation to spring training, but the Orioles summoned him from the minor league camp because of the number of pitchers they had in spring camp and the visa issues that had prevented catcher Ronny Paulino from reporting. Also, catcher Dane Sardhina, signed to a minor league contract, failed his physical.
"I've learned more in the past couple weeks I've been here than ever before," Ohlman told reporters. "I've just tried to take everything in and learn what I can, pick Matt Wieters' brain a little bit and learn from the guys who know more than I do."
The Orioles were preparing to send Ohlman back to the minor league complex in Twin Lakes when the accident occurred.
"The experience of being around this, you never know where it can take a guy," manager Buck Showalter said. "I hope what happens is that they don't hold it too high on a pedestal and say, 'I'm standing right beside Matt Wieters throwing, I'm standing next to these guys hitting,' You really want them to take that out of it, not put it up too far, but also know that there are things they do better than he does."
• The Orioles released lefthander Dennys Reyes after he failed to report to camp. Reyes, signed as a minor league free agent, had visa issues.
• The Orioles signed righthander Josh Banks to a minor league deal. Banks, 29, was a second-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2003. He last pitched in the majors with the Astros in 2010 and is 4-8, 5.66 in 27 career games (19 starts).