Orioles start season with Means and Harvey on injured list; Mullins, Valaika and Hess make team - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles start season with Means and Harvey on injured list; Mullins, Valaika and Hess make team

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The Orioles’ 30-man roster for Friday night’s opener at Boston includes some players who might not have been expected to make the team when the club began summer training at Camden Yards on July 3rd.

Right-handed pitcher David Hess, who has a 4-20 record, a 5.84 ERA and struggled against the Nationals in an exhibition game this week, is one of 16 pitchers. Hess, who had been sent to Triple-A Norfolk after spring training was halted on March 12 because of Covid-19, was among the 44 players asked to report to Baltimore as part of the 60-player pool.

Another surprise was right-hander Evan Phillips, who wouldn’t have made the team in March because of elbow issues. Phillips wasn’t among the original 44, but was the next addition.

Other notable additions are right-handers Cody Carroll, who missed nearly all of last season after back surgery, and three newcomers — Travis Lakins, Kohl Stewart and Cole Sulser. Left-hander Tanner Scott makes his first Opening Day roster.

Three pitchers will begin the season on the 10-day injured list — right-hander Hunter Harvey (elbow), left-hander John Means (arm fatigue) and right-hander Dillon Tate (elbow) ; those moves are retroactive to July 20th.

The Orioles optioned catcher Austin Wynns to the Bowie alternate site and will start the season with two catchers, Pedro Severino and Chance Sisco.

Among the other 12 position players are two players new to the organization, infielders Pat Valaika and Andrew Velazquez. Valaika’s contract was selected, and he fills the 40-man roster.

The Orioles activated Dwight Smith Jr. from the injured list. Smith didn’t appear in any of the workouts open to the media or the three exhibition games. He wasn’t cleared to participate until July 17 after a positive test for Covid-19.

Anthony Santander, who also had a late start because of a positive test for the virus, made the 30-man roster after looking sharp at the plate. Austin Hays and DJ Stewart also are on the Orioles’ Opening Day roster for the first time. Cedric Mullins, who was the Orioles’ starting centerfielder when the 2019 season began, makes the club as an additional outfielder.


According to an industry source, the Orioles’ initial three-man taxi squad includes catcher Bryan Holaday, infielder/outfielder Dilson Herrera and right-handed pitcher Thomas Eshelman. Herrera and Holaday’s inclusion was first reported by MASNsports.com.

Teams will use the taxi squad only for road games.

Right-hander Cesar Valdez, left-hander Rob Zastryzny, infielder/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle and outfielder Mason Williams did not make the 30-man roster and will report to Bowie.

Left-hander Ty Blach (Tommy John surgery) and infielder/outfielder Stevie Wilkerson (broken finger) were not on  the 40-man roster and don’t have to be placed on the injured list. Infielder Richie Martin (broken wrist) and outfielder Trey Mancini (recovering from surgery for colon cancer) are on the 60-day injured list.

The Orioles will carry 30 players until August 6th and 28 players through August 20th. After that, they’ll be allowed to carry 26 through the end of the 60-game season.

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  1. CalsPals

    July 23, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Have no idea why they activated Smith instead of Williams or Mountcastle…so it begins…go O’s…

    • Bhoffman1

      July 23, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      Because Hyde has no say and Elias is a boy wonder who’s still wondering. Why is Davis Hess on the team I guess a 4 and 20 record is good enough for Elias . If I were Williams I would ask for a release if that’s possible. He does everything better then Smith jr , hits a ton better then Mullins and throws better then both of them

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 23, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      CP…I’m taking the under at 10.

  2. NormOs

    July 23, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    David Hess??? I never dreamed the pitching could get worse. Silly me!

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 23, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      Beat me to it Norm. Silly you!

    • CalsPals

      July 23, 2020 at 2:30 pm

      Both beat me to it…running out of what they might have for reasons…go O’s…

  3. Boog Robinson Robinson

    July 23, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Is this a comedy we’re watching? Is Harry Doyle in the house?

    Two deserving players … Mountcastle & and Williams. Don’t make the squad. Not going to question these moves for there is a genius at work here.

    And by activating Smith Jr …. does this mean HE makes the 30?

    And David Bleepin’ Hess? Really? REALLY?

    The race with the Tigers starts tomorrow night. Does it really take a Yale man to put THIS together? Makes a guy feel like tossin’ his Dippin Dots.

    • CalsPals

      July 23, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      Maybe they had too many dippin dots & are suffering from brain freeze, wait, that would require having one…my bad…go O’s…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        July 23, 2020 at 2:34 pm

        You are a super antagonist!!

    • Bhoffman1

      July 23, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      Elias likes Smith jr dreadlocks and the way his throws from land 20 feet short of the infielders . He also likes the sound when Hess’s fastballs land in the stands. I remember some announcer last year saying someone is going to get hurt with the rockets landing off his pitches. I rather watch the players at Bowie if there were games this year

  4. ClayDal

    July 23, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    The Orioles were very cautious in adding to the 40 man roster. Only Valaika was added. Any additions to the 40 ( Herrera, Williams, Holoday), would require a corresponding removal as the 40 man roster is full. This not the final roster, like in the NFL. Players can be added and subtracted. Guess they didn’t want to make any rash decisions based on 3 exhibition games with weird rules or intra squad games. Not to worry, Mountcastle will be here in a week or two. Mason Williams will be ready when Dwight Smith Jr. flops. And when ( if) Hunter Harvey is healthy, David Hess will be back at Bowie. Bigger concern is Juan Soto testing positive for COVID. He played against the Orioles the other night. Hopefully no one else got exposed. This virus isn’t going away

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 23, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      Truly sorry to hear about Soto…hopefully none of our guys went clubbing with him after the game.

      You know .. an extra week or two in Bowie for 2 of our better players possibly could result in 1 less win for this team … 2 if the gods were interested. BUT … in a 60 game sprint, 1 extra win could result in a higher draft position, if you get where I’m going with this.

      Having Anthony Santander in the opening day lineup last year may have put them out of the top 3 picks this year’s draft.

      Genius at work here … and it ain’t me I’m talking about.

    • CalsPals

      July 23, 2020 at 3:36 pm

      “I see” said the blind man…go O’s…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        July 23, 2020 at 3:49 pm

        … who couldn’t speak.

    • Bhoffman1

      July 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      Mountcastle in a week or two wishful thinking. I’m sure Elias will give D Smith jr more then a few weeks to flop. Let’s see if Steward shows he’s a real player. Mullins will never hit 5 ft 8 outfielders are a thing of the past.

  5. Bancells Moustache

    July 23, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Meh, i’ll just catch the Blue Jays game when they are in town instead

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 23, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      Will MLB then black out the Blue Jays on MLB.tv in Bal’more? I’m so confused.

    • ClayDal

      July 23, 2020 at 4:04 pm

      That is confusing. My guess, which means nothing, is that it wouldn’t be blacked out here. It would be blacked out in the Toronto market. Purpose of the blackout is so that people in the TV market have to watch the game on their regional sports network. Since MASN isn’t carrying the games, shouldn’t be an issue. I guess that Buck Martinez and the Toronto crew will do the game from a studio in Toronto. Who knows? Can’t understand why they can’t play in Buffalo. They say the lights are bad. The minor league team plays there and there hasn’t been an issue. Guess major leaguers lose part of their eyesight when they make the majors

    • CalsPals

      July 23, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Buffalo’s lights didn’t seem to bother Guerrero, Biggio or Bichette…go O’s…

      • Bancells Moustache

        July 23, 2020 at 5:49 pm

        i just realized that with playoff expansion there is a chance, however small, that the Toronto Blue jays could play playoff games and even the World Series in Baltimore.

        • Bancells Moustache

          July 23, 2020 at 5:51 pm

          And the lights are a bunch of crap. my guess is noone wants to live in a Buffalo hotel or play in a bush league stadium

        • Boog Robinson Robinson

          July 23, 2020 at 7:36 pm

          That’s one sick, deviant thought BanMo. What’s next … an old timers game that featuring Alomar & Bautista?

  6. garyintheloo

    July 23, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    I agree with all of your angst especially BRR. Hess and Smith must have the video on somebody.

  7. dlgruber1

    July 24, 2020 at 1:52 am

    It’s obvious Mountcastle just didn’t show them enough to justify having him on this team. Maybe next year. I mean, I think he still has to show them he can handle a full season in the minors. It’s not like he was MVP of the league or anything. Oh, wait………..

    • CalsPals

      July 24, 2020 at 6:46 am

      Another antagonist…lmao…go O’s…

  8. Bancells Moustache

    July 24, 2020 at 8:38 am

    I have hunch why Smith is on the Opening Day roster…

    • Bhoffman1

      July 24, 2020 at 8:45 am

      What’s your hunch?

    • CalsPals

      July 24, 2020 at 8:55 am

      Do tell…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 24, 2020 at 9:12 am

      Could it be for his superior hitting skills and cannon of an arm?

    • Bhoffman1

      July 24, 2020 at 11:22 am

      And haircut

    • CalsPals

      July 24, 2020 at 11:45 am

      Ahh, I’m slow, too bad if that’s why…go O’s…

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