BALTIMORE—For the second straight day, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is not in the lineup, and manager Brandon Hyde said again that he was “unavailable.”
Hyde said that Davis worked out with the team on Tuesday, but declined to elaborate on his absence.
“I’m going to leave it at that,” Hyde said in a pregame video conference call on Thursday.
Davis is batting .091 (1-for-11) in his first three games.
Davis, who is the Orioles’ player representative, had said on Tuesday that he’s going to wear a mask when playing first base after the Covid-19 outbreak on the Marlins. The Orioles had their games postponed against Miami this week — two were scheduled for Miami and two at Camden Yards.
It was reported on Thursday that as many as 17 Marlins players had tested positive. The Phillies, the team the Marlins played last weekend, also had two positive tests and their series against the Blue Jays has been postponed.
Major League Baseball scheduled the Yankees to replace the Marlins for Wednesday’s home opener for the Orioles and Thursday’s game. On Wednesday, the Yankees defeated the Orioles, 9-3, for their 17 consecutive win over the Orioles.
Shortstop José Iglesias, who was removed from Wednesday’s game after six innings, is out with a left quad injury. He’s day-to-day, Hyde said.
Pat Valaika will start at shortstop.
Means back, Carroll gone: To make room for John Means on the roster, the Orioles optioned right-handed pitcher Cody Carroll to the Bowie alternate site. Hyde said he expected Means to pitch three or four innings. Tommy Milone and Kohl Stewart are both in the bullpen, and one of them could start on Sunday against Tampa Bay.
In two games, Carroll retired just one of the nine batters he faced, allowing six runs on three hits, four walks and a hit batter. Carroll’s ERA is 162.00.