Orioles place Hays on 10-day injured list; Mullins, Lopez recalled - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles place Hays on 10-day injured list; Mullins, Lopez recalled

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BALTIMORE—The Orioles placed centerfielder Austin Hays on the 10-day injured list with a non-displaced rib fracture on Saturday. Hays was hit by a pitch on August 6th against Miami, got X-rays, which were negative, but the condition got worse, manager Brandon Hyde said.

Hays made two difficult catches in the Philadelphia series, one against the wall and a diving catch, which aggravated the injury.

“It was a little tender in the same spot after,” Hyde said. “[Friday] night, he felt like he was a little sore in that area, and he went and got checked out a second time, and they found a small fracture there.”

Hyde hopes Hays will be back quickly.

“Our medical people are pretty confident that this is going to be a 10-day trip,” Hyde said. “He’s just a little bit tender in that area. I think it’s gotten progressively worse since he ran into the wall in Philadelphia.

“They feel like it’s going to be 10 days, and he should be good to go.”

Hays was hitting .203 with a home run, an inside-the-park game-winner on Tuesday, and five RBIs.

The Orioles recalled outfielder Cedric Mullins from the alternate site in Bowie to replace Hays.

Mullins, who began the season with the Orioles, was sent to Bowie a week ago after hitting .077 (1-for-13).

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He and Andrew Velázquez will share playing time. Velázquez is in Saturday night’s starting lineup against the Nationals.

“I’m going to split it up, depending on matchup,” Hyde said. “Both guys switch-hit. I think you’ll see both those guys get playing time. It’s just going to be a daily decision on who’s going to be in center.”

López activated: Hyde has another arm in his bullpen for Saturday’s game. The Orioles activated right-handed pitcher Jorge López, whom they acquired on waivers from Kansas City on Sunday.

The 27-year-old is 7-15 with a 5.97 ERA in games in parts of five seasons with Milwaukee and the Royals.

He allowed two runs in 2/3rds of an inning in his only appearance this season before Kansas City designated him for assignment.

“It’s been kind of crazy, my first time being DFA’d,” López said in a video conference call. “I knew I had the possibility of a team picking me up. I’m so blessed to be with the Orioles, and I’m really pumped since the day they picked me up.”

López, who played winter ball with Orioles catcher Pedro Severino in the Dominican Republic in 2017, has experience starting and relieving in the major leagues.

“I’m a new guy,” he said. “I’m a new student for the Orioles, and just take advantage to what they can bring me.”

Last August 19th, Lopez pitched well against the Orioles, throwing five innings and allowing a run on two hits.

“I’m real excited to add him,” Hyde said. “This is a guy who’s got starting stuff … He’s got a mid-90s fastball with movement. I like the breaking ball.”

López will be used in long relief, Hyde said.

Holaday to the rescue: After Cody Carroll threw 42 pitches in relief on Friday, Hyde used third-string catcher Bryan Holaday as an emergency reliever in the ninth inning of Friday’s 15-3 loss. Carroll was sent to the Bowie alternate site after the game along with Keegan Akin, who made his major league debut.

It was the first time Hyde had used a position player as a reliever this season.

“I thought the game was out of hand, and I didn’t want to use any of the other bullpen guys,” Hyde said. “I was hoping Cody could get through that second inning, and I didn’t want to push him any further than he went. Bryan picked us up and finished it out for us.”

Last year, Stevie Wilkerson made four relief appearances. Hanser Alberto, Chris Davis and Jesus Sucre also pitched.

Means coming back: On Sunday, John Means will make his first start since the death of his father on August 7th. The Orioles will make a roster move to add him.

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. CGarcia

    August 15, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Not directly related to Mullins.

    Just completely baffled on why Mountcastle hasn’t been called up yet with him needing game time experience with no minors.

    • CalsPals

      August 15, 2020 at 5:47 pm

      Totally agree, he can’t be happy & he gets to talk to Rutschman everyday, what do you think those conversations are like…go O’s…

  2. AZ ORIOLES Fan

    August 15, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    So we stick an infielder in center; where is Diaz and Montcastle? Mullins and Davis down to Bowie; some of the moves are baffling

  3. Bumble bee

    August 15, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Why Mullins, perfect time for the player who won’t ever be called up

  4. Boog Robinson Robinson

    August 15, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    First off … I’m telling you boys, I’m thinking we just may not see Mountcastle this year. I have a feeling that Mr. Elias may be taking a flyer on the season coming to an abrupt halt due to the pandemic. Just a hunch mind you.

    But y’all are right, where the heck is Mr. Mountcastle? I’m sure we’ll hear the company line from Hyde in that the felt they needed a center fielder and that’s not going to be Mountcastle. But frankly, these guys have spun so many yarns to this point that I rarely believe ’em. I just smell something rotten in Bowie….and I have for about a week or two.

    • CalsPals

      August 15, 2020 at 7:06 pm

      With you on this Boog, I’m downwind & it’s bad…go O’s…

    • Bancells Moustache

      August 15, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      As the calendar turns to September, Dwight Smith Jr will run into the wall in a tragic accident. Mountcastle, along with his homemade bat Wonderboy, will emerge from nowhere with an amazing offensive surge and lead the Orioles to the pennant.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        August 15, 2020 at 7:41 pm

        Would that mean that Pops retains ownership of the team?

        • Bancells Moustache

          August 15, 2020 at 8:08 pm

          He should’ve been a farmer…

          • Boog Robinson Robinson

            August 15, 2020 at 9:51 pm

            🙂 The most rewatchable baseball movie of all time. Maybe the best.

    • CalsPals

      August 15, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      Yep, they seem pretty good at spreading the manure…lol…go O’s…

  5. Bancells Moustache

    August 15, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Pretty macho playing with a cracked rib for two weeks, but bad. This season is going to come down to health, not Covid but good old fashioned injury reports. The 10 day DL is a sixth of the season, so whichever team avoids the injury bug will be successful.

  6. CalsPals

    August 15, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Starting lineup with SIX infielders in the lineup, too bad they have no outfielders at their other site…

    • CalsPals

      August 15, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      …go O’s…

    • Bhoffman1

      August 16, 2020 at 7:20 am

      Well I will eat my words from my posts on the previous blog. Velasquez gets two hits , Holiday hitting over 400 running around the bases like my grandma. I still say last nights lineup won’t complete and Elias does not care about going to the playoffs it’s not part of the master plan winning this year. Two 5 ft 7 170 pound CF add up to one normal CF well one is a infielder both batting under200. Mountcastle and Diaz are older brothers to Soto and Garcia but World Series Champs play them while rebuilding clubs say they need more experience which they are not getting in Bowie. Get a week ago Hyde said he was hesitant to put Valaika in the OF now he’s a starter against lefties. I thought this would be the year we would not see any more infielders playing the outfield. I hope by some miracle they keep on winning and show Elias his master rebuilding plan is not on their agenda as competitive athletes minus Chris Davis

      • Bancells Moustache

        August 16, 2020 at 1:55 pm

        When MORE 5’ 7” 170 pounders start arriving, I’ll know Elias knows what he’s doing. MLB scouts obsession with size is one of the stupidest in all of pro sports. Baseball doesn’t require you to be 6’4” to play it, yet these guys continue to drool over guys based on their appearance. Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve seem to be getting along just fine

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