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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