Ankle sprain puts Orioles' Santander on injured list; McKenna recalled -

Rich Dubroff

Ankle sprain puts Orioles’ Santander on injured list; McKenna recalled

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The Orioles placed rightfielder Anthony Santander on the 10-day injured list because of a sprained left ankle on Wednesday. Manager Brandon Hyde said Santander is expected to miss two-to-four weeks.

Santander injured the ankle in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game in Miami when he rolled the ankle trying to get back to first base on a pickoff attempt after he had singled. Hyde and athletic trainer Brian Ebel had to help Santander off the field.

“We got good news last night,” Hyde said Wednesday. “The MRI showed that it was just a sprained ankle, so no fracture. Usually, these types of sprains are two-to-four weeks, so we’ll see, but that was very positive news this morning.”

In 16 games, Santander is batting .196 with two home runs and eight RBIs.

Santander’s place on the 26-man roster will be taken by Ryan McKenna, who was optioned to the alternate training site at Bowie before Tuesday night’s game when Austin Hays was activated from the 10-day injured list. Hays replaced Santander in the first inning.

It’s the second time that McKenna, who replaced Hays on the active roster on April 5th, has moved from the taxi squad to the major league roster.

McKenna is batting .200 (2-for-10) in 11 games.

Hyde was hoping to have Hays, Santander, Ryan Mountcastle, Cedric Mullins and DJ Stewart on the active roster concurrently, but that lasted less than an inning.

“Depth is at a premium,” Hyde said. “We have more depth than we’ve had in the past couple of years, but injuries happen. Sprained ankles happen. Tony will be back. I was just really pleased with the results that we got this morning because when I went out there, I was thinking the worst.


“Seeing him this morning, him feeling good about it only being a sprained ankle feels good for everybody because he’s a huge part of our team. Now, it’s time for other guys to get opportunity, pick up the slack, be a run producer for us, but I like the guys we’ll be putting in there in his spot.”

From his dugout vantage point, Hyde said: “He just went back on the base awkwardly and rolled his ankle, lunged at the bag, and his ankle turned, like when you’re stepping on somebody’s foot in basketball or something.”

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  1. Orial

    April 21, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    He’s turning into another David Segui. Now if(or should I say when)Hays/Stewart get injured again who comes up? Are we finally getting near Mr. Diaz time?

    • Icterus fan

      April 21, 2021 at 1:19 pm

      No mention of Diaz at Hyde’s pre game managers press briefing.
      Usual softball questions and safe “coach speak” replies.
      Spoke only of Hays, Mountcastle and Stewart.

      • Rich Dubroff

        April 21, 2021 at 1:32 pm

        The Orioles will call up Diaz when they’re ready to give him an extended look.

  2. CalsPals

    April 21, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Galvis looked fugly on his first at bat…holy crap…go O’s…

    • CalsPals

      April 21, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      As did Urias…go O’s…

    • CalsPals

      April 21, 2021 at 2:08 pm

      No question Rogers is pitching well, if you saw the at bats you’d understand, fugly…go O’s…

    • CalsPals

      April 21, 2021 at 2:29 pm

      Went to school, good adjustment, unlike Franco…go O’s…

  3. CalsPals

    April 21, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Replay being unkind to O’s today…go O’s…

  4. Bhoffman1

    April 21, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    If I was Diaz I would be pissed off. He is ahead of McKenna as far as hitting at this point in both of their Careers . Santander could be out four weeks so is not like Diaz would be here only a few days. BTW how Chris Davis strained back doing. Tell him I know a good chiropractor.

    • Icterus fan

      April 21, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      I’m with you bhoffman. But Diaz will come up when they’re ready, it seems.

      I tend to think that the back issue with CD is a ruse to buy time. Maybe there is some heavy negotiation going on behind the scenes to figure out if there is a way to let him bow out of the remainder of his contract as gracefully and amicably as possible.

      I mean, he’s dropped off the face of the earth. No updates, no interviews, no posts, etc. I don’t know; something doesn’t feel right about that.

  5. CalsPals

    April 21, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Wheels coming off in the fifth, all started with a defensive miscue, ouch…go O’s…

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