Orioles place Means on 10-day injured list with strained left shoulder; Waiting on MRI results - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles place Means on 10-day injured list with strained left shoulder; Waiting on MRI results

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BALTIMORE—The Orioles placed left-handed pitcher John Means on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left shoulder. Means had an MRI on Sunday morning, and the Orioles are waiting for the results.

Means left Saturday’s game after facing just five batters.

“I don’t have long-term concern,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “It’s something he dealt with at the start of the year last year after summer camp.”

The 28-year-old was also shut down in June 2019 as a precaution.

Means has been given extra rest this year. He pitched a no-hitter against Seattle on May 5th and was given five days’ rest. He didn’t pitch again until eight days later, on May 19th.

Means is 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA and leads the American League with an 0.831 WHIP.

The Orioles have offdays on Monday and Thursday. Means could pitch again on June 16th if he’s healthy.

“Before I decide on anything, I want to see what the [MRI] results say,” Hyde said.

Bruce Zimmermann and Matt Harvey will start in the two games on Tuesday and Wednesday against the New York Mets.


The Orioles recalled left-hander Zac Lowther from Triple-A Norfolk. It’s the second time this week and the fourth time this season he has been recalled for long relief. The Orioles used four relievers — Adam Plutko, Travis Lakins, César Valdez and Dillon Tate — for 8 2/3 innings in Saturday’s 10-4 loss to Cleveland.

Hyde said that he hoped infielder Pat Valaika, who’s on the bereavement list, will return for the Mets series.

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  1. Raveonjo

    June 6, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    It makes one wonder about pitchers like Strasberg and Means. How would they have done in the 1960’s when the best arms were used every three days? I guess that they would have been sent out there until their numbers warranted a demotion to the bullpen. This would separate them from the Gibsons and Loliches. They would probably be side-stories of great prospects who blew out their arms early in their careers.

    • CalsPals

      June 6, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      Unfortunately we are few & far between when comparing pitchers today to the 60’s & 70’s guys, baseball calls it progress, I’m not so sure…go O’s…

  2. Birdman

    June 6, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Its one of the mysteries of modern major league baseball that I have never really seen well explained … how were so many pitchers like Gibson, Palmer, Lolich, etc. able to pitch 250 plus, and even 300 plus, inning seasons during the 1960s and 1970s without serious injury, when today’s major league pitchers seem so much more fragile?

    • Bozman

      June 6, 2021 at 3:23 pm

      Because we got away from real pitching and focused way to much on the velocity of the fastball.

    • dlgruber1

      June 6, 2021 at 3:24 pm

      I’m of the belief todays pitchers didn’t play enough different sports growing up. Gibson was a multi sport athlete. I’m assuming Palmer might have been as well. Lolich? That remains a mystery to me.

      • Raveonjo

        June 6, 2021 at 4:10 pm

        Jim Palmer was a star on the Orioles basketball team. The players had an organized squad and scheduled winter matches against local faculties, first responders, etc. These were popular fundraisers played in packed gyms. From what I read, the games were very competitive. It sounds quaint now; Can you imagine an organization allowing their multi-millionaire, long-term contracted athletes playing hard-core basketball against locals?

        Sorry, I’m feeling nostalgic today.

    • Icterus fan

      June 6, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      Not to mention the hyper focus on conditioning, diets, workout regimens etc. they are generally far more “athletic” yet softer in many ways.
      I think some of the players mentioned just had bull dog attitudes and were “country strong” in many ways.
      Strong in ways that differ from the strength of the modern athlete. They were gamers.

    • Beachdogs

      June 6, 2021 at 4:14 pm

      I agree pitchers logged may more innings in the sixties but also remember Steve Barber, Wally Bunker, Jerry Walker and Jim Leonard had careers cut short with arm injuries .

  3. Shamus

    June 6, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Wow Dogs !!! You went way back!!!

  4. Unoptionable-Option

    June 6, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Ramon Urias says ERGO I had two hits today BRR!!!

    • dlgruber1

      June 6, 2021 at 5:58 pm

      Yeh, I’m a lip reader and I think that was his exact quote. I’m not a great lip reader tho. It was either that or “take your time Pat, no need to rush your return.”

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