3/16/2014 12:48 P.M. ET
Casilla frustrated after O's opt for late scratch
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Alexi Casilla was a late scratch again on Sunday, as he was forced off the team bus and not happy about it. Casilla hyperextended his left knee and there's still some swelling, so the Orioles decided to play it safe and not have him travel to play the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla.
"I feel good to play," Casilla said Sunday morning in the Orioles' clubhouse. "I know in the past, I've played with worse. Right now, I feel great just a little swollen. But they pushed me off the bus.
"When they pushed me -- the head trainer [Richie Bancells] pushed me off the bus -- I went to [manager Buck Showalter's] office and I told him, 'Hey I'm ready, I feel good to play.' But the head trainer, I know he's trying to protect himself. I understand his job. But he's not in my body to feel what I feel. If I say, 'I'm ready to play,' I'm ready to play."
Casilla, who was replaced at shortstop by Jonathan Schoop, said he planned to test his knee again on Sunday and is aiming to play in Monday's game. He dealt with a hamstring injury earlier this spring and has just five at-bats; he was also a late scratch in Friday's game in Fort Myers.
"This is so frustrating," said Casilla, who is competing for the utility spot. "So frustrating."
Also competing for the same role is Alex Gonzalez, who is 10-for-23 this spring and had a hit and a walk in Saturday's win. Jemile Weeks is also a potential fit, although both Casilla and Gonzalez have the ability to back up shortstop.
"When you have the track record that Alex has, you just trying to see if he's maintaining those skills, because if that's the case, he's easy to trust," Showalter said. "He knows how to play. You trust him defensively, especially. He presents a lot of options for you defensively, which you're always looking for.
"He kind of picked us as much as we picked him. I know this is something he'd like to do. We'll see where it takes him. We've got some other people doing well, too, so he's going to make it tough on us."
'Two minutes with ...' O's outfielder Nolan Reimold
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The "Two minutes with ..." spring series continues with outfielder Nolan Reimold. Reimold is coming off two consecutive season-ending neck surgeries and has been going to the O's Minor League complex to get some additional at-bats. The 30-year-old Reimold is 5-for-20 in seven spring games entering Sunday's game, in which he was the Orioles' starting designated hitter.
Favorite food: Steak.
Favorite movie: "Gladiator." That's probably the best one.
Special talent: Basketball. I was going to [play in college], my brother gave their coach my tape and the story is my baseball coach didn't want me to play. I don't know if that's a true story, but that's what he told me. I was always basketball growing up, never really switched until I went to college for baseball instead of basketball. Skills erode quickly though, and I haven't played in years.
If I wasn't a baseball player I'd be ... Just trying to survive.
Favorite offseason place: Home and home-home. I don't really go anywhere besides those two places. [Reimold lives in the Jacksonville area and is from western Pennsylvania.)
Prized possession: My iPad.
• Adam Jones was back in the lineup Sunday, batting cleanup and playing center field, after leaving camp on Tuesday for the birth of his son.
• Both Brian Matusz and Kevin Gausman will get to hit in Monday afternoon's game against the Phillies, as the Orioles will not have use of the designated hitter.
• Francisco Peguero (right wrist) took some swings off the batting tee on Saturday as he continues to progress.
• The Orioles aren't expected to make any more cuts until after Monday's split-squad action.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.