Orioles don't know when Means will return after the death of his father; Gonzalez, Henderson join player pool - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles don’t know when Means will return after the death of his father; Gonzalez, Henderson join player pool

Alan Means, the father of Orioles pitcher John Means, died of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday night. He was 57.

Means’ wife, Caroline, tweeted the obituary.

Means, who pitched against Miami on Tuesday night, went on the bereavement list on Wednesday.

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Manager Brandon Hyde said that he doesn’t know when Means will rejoin the Orioles, who begin a three-game series against the Nationals on Friday night.

“I was texting with him today,” Hyde said in a pregame video conference call. “Still a little bit unclear when he’s going to return. Obviously, we’re going to give him the time he needs to be with his family and we’ll be communicating with him these next few days.

“Our hearts are heavy for him and his family, and what they’re going through. We’re going to give him the time he needs.”

Thomas Eshelman will start against the Nationals’ Austin Voth on Saturday night. Hyde has not named a starter for Sunday to oppose Stephen Strasburg, who will be making his 2020 debut. With an offday on Monday, Hyde said it could be a bullpen game.

Third baseman Rio Ruiz will return to the lineup after missing five games because of right shoulder inflammation.

Player pool grows: The Orioles added left-handed pitcher Brian Gonzalez and infielder Gunnar Henderson to their 60-man player pool on Friday.

Gonzalez was the Orioles’ third-round draft choice in 2014. He was the first player selected after the team lost their first two draft choices as compensation for signing free agents Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz.

Henderson was the Orioles’ second-round draft pick in 2019, behind catcher Adley Rutschman.

The Orioles have 59 players in their 60-man player pool.

Because the Orioles are commuting from Baltimore for the series against Washington, there is no five-man taxi squad.

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