BALTIMORE—The Orioles placed shortstop José Iglesias on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left quadriceps muscle on Tuesday. The move is retroactive to Sunday.
Iglesias has been dealing with this injury since the first series of the season, and the Orioles have been reluctant to make the move because he’s been so productive. In 16 games, Iglesias is batting .400 and has a .977 OPS.
“We felt like giving him extra days would benefit him and us the rest of the season,” manager Brandon Hyde said in his pregame video conference on Tuesday.
“The quad is improving, but with the off day on the 24th, that’s an extra day to have there on the IL. We just felt it was the right thing to do. We need him to play shortstop, and play shortstop for us down the stretch. Putting him on now possibly saves us some time, having to put him on later. We just want the leg to get better is the bottom line.
“He’s a big part of our lineup. He’s been instrumental in so many of our rallies and success that we had the first couple weeks of the season. We’d like to get back to feeling that way. He hasn’t been right since that first series in Boston. We’re just trying to give him a breather and, hopefully, he’ll be back when 10 days is up.”
Iglesias will be eligible to play on August 26th at Tampa Bay.
The Orioles recalled infielder Ramón Urias from the alternate training site at Double-A Bowie.
Urias, who was acquired on waivers from St. Louis during spring training, has yet to play in the major leagues.
Andrew Velázquez, who’s in the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Blue Jays, could get the bulk of the time at shortstop. Pat Valaika, who’s starting at second to give Hanser Alberto a rest, can also play there. Hyde said he’ll decide who starts depending on a matchup with the starting pitcher.
Hyde spoke with Norfolk manager Gary Kendall and Bowie manager Buck Britton about Urias. Both felt in working with him at the alternate site that Urias could play second, short and the outfield, if needed.
“He’s primarily a second baseman with the ability to play shortstop, also,” Hyde said. “He adds some flexibility for us in the middle of the field.”
Along with Cedric Mullins, Velázquez is also filling in for the injured Austin Hays, who’s been on the injured list because of a fractured rib since Saturday. Hays is eligible to return on August 25th.
Is Harvey getting closer? Hunter Harvey, who showed impressive ability in relief late last year, is also on the injured list and hasn’t pitched this season. Hyde said that Harvey’s strained right forearm is improving.
“If everything goes well, and he’s progressing the way he is,” Hyde said, “I would expect him sometime by the end of the month. That would, hopefully, be on this next road trip sometime.”
The Orioles play at Tampa Bay on August 25-27 and against Toronto in Buffalo on August 28-31.
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