BALTIMORE—Outfielder Austin Hays, who has been on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring, won’t be ready to rejoin the Orioles on Friday. Hays has been on the injured list since May 24th, and his 10 days are up after Wednesday’s game.
“He is starting his running progressions, and we are hoping for a rehab assignment in Norfolk early next week,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “If all goes well, joining us later in the week next week.”
Relief pitcher Hunter Harvey, who threw 1 2/3 innings in his rehab assignment on Tuesday night in Norfolk, probably will come off the 60-day injured list this weekend, Hyde said.
Harvey, who has been on the injured list because of strained left oblique, is 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA in four games for the Tides. He has struck out four and walked one in 6 1/3 innings.
Mac Sceroler, who’s on the 10-day injured list because of tendinitis in his right shoulder, will make a rehab start for the Tides on Friday night.
Lowther returns: The Orioles recalled left-hander Zac Lowther from Triple-A Norfolk for relief help in Wednesday’s game. Lowther had been scheduled to start for the Tides on Wednesday night.
“I’m not exactly sure when I’m going to use him,” Hyde said. “I’m going to see how the game is playing out. [Matt] Harvey is excited about opening for us because he’s not going to pitch for a few days after. He’s on short rest, but he’s hopefully going to give us a couple of innings.
“See how the game goes, what the score is, etc. I’ve got a few guys down because of last night. Should have most of the guys available. Mix and match through this.”
In two games with the Orioles, Lowther is 0-1 with an 18.90 ERA. Lowther is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA in three games for Norfolk.
Strange schedule: The Orioles are off June 7th and June 10th. They’ll play three games against Cleveland this weekend and two games against the New York Mets on June 8th and June 9th.
“We’re going to have to be really creative with how we give these guys rest with these three offdays within eight days,” Hyde said.
Keegan Akin (0-0, 4.80 ERA) John Means (4-1, 2.05) and Jorge López (1-6, 5.29) will start against the Indians this weekend. J.C. Mejia (1-0, 0.00) Aaron Civale (7-2, 3.28) will pitch Friday and Saturday for Cleveland. The Indians have yet to name Sunday’s starter. Saturday’s game will start at 4:05 pm.
Matt Harvey won’t start again until the series with the Mets.
Save for Sulser: Cole Sulser, who closed for the Orioles in the first weeks of the 2020 season, got a save opportunity and converted it in the ninth inning on Tuesday night. The Orioles celebrated the end of a 14-game losing streak.
“The music was going. Everyone was having a good time. You could just feel the weight off our shoulders,” Sulser said. “At least that’s what it felt like personally. You play the best baseball when you’re relaxed. That’s a huge help for use moving forward.”
Minor Matters: Grayson Rodriguez was named the High-A East Pitcher of the Month. He was 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA in five starts for the Aberdeen IronBirds before his promotion to Bowie.
Gunnar Henderson was named the Low-A East Player of the Month for Delmarva. Henderson hit .313 in 20 games. He hit six home runs and 20 RBIs.
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