Orioles' Hyde says Galvis will miss a month or 2; Leyba, McKenna, Urías recalled; Wilkerson, Wade optioned - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles’ Hyde says Galvis will miss a month or 2; Leyba, McKenna, Urías recalled; Wilkerson, Wade optioned

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Shortstop Freddy Galvis has been placed on the 10-day injured with a strained right quadriceps, and he’s likely to miss a month or two, according to manager Brandon Hyde.

Galvis injured the quadriceps muscle while legging out a bunt single in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo. He was carted off the field and had difficulty getting into a car that was transporting him for an MRI.

“It’s between a Grade 1 to a Grade 2, more like at Grade 1-plus, which means it’s going to be between a month and two months,” Hyde said.

“Hoping for the four-to-six weeks, but it could be a little longer depending on how the rehab goes, on how he’s feeling, but a significant injury. Tough day all around yesterday. Really going to miss Freddy here for a while.”

Galvis was hitting .246 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs. He has a .720 OPS. It was his defense, though, that stood out on a team whose defense has been in decline.

The Orioles recalled infielders Ramón Urías and Domingo Leyba, and outfielder Ryan McKenna from Triple-A Norfolk. They’ve optioned infielder Stevie Wilkerson and right-handed pitcher Konner Wade to the Tides.

Urías, who was hitting .246 with two homers and eight RBIs in 25 games with the Orioles earlier this season, is playing shortstop and batting eighth in Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays. Leyba is playing second.

“I think we’re going to play the hot hand,” Hyde said. “Who’s ever playing the best. I don’t have a clear picture of what that’s going to look like. I’m going to give a few guys an opportunity and hopefully someone grabs it and plays really, really well until Freddy comes back.”

Pat Valaika, who’s not in Sunday’s starting lineup, will also get time at shortstop.

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Leyba, who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on waivers on June 5, was hitless in 22 at-bats for Arizona this season. At Norfolk, Leyba was hitting .279 with five home runs and 20 RBIs.

He’s batting sixth. Leyba, who will be the 44th player used by the Orioles this season, has played second, shortstop and third in his major league career.

“We just need to get a little bit healthier,” Hyde said. “We felt it was important to get some healthy bodies in here. We’re pretty banged up around the field. We have two or three outfielders right now that are playing through some things, and to add Ryan was important from that standpoint. We added two infielders just to get a little bit more flexible in the infield.”

McKenna, who has hit .195 with three RBIs in 33 games with the Orioles this season, is leading off and playing center field with Cedric Mullins getting a day off. Trey Mancini also isn’t in the lineup.

McKenna gives Hyde an option for Austin Hays and Anthony Santander, who have been struggling with the aftereffects of their hamstring and ankle injuries, respectively. McKenna also is valuable as a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch-runner.

“I really appreciate those guys coming to my office almost on a daily basis, and saying, ‘hey, I want to play today,’” Hyde said about Santander and Hays. “That’s important. Adding McKenna, honestly gives us a little bit of flexibility there, too, where I’m not forcing somebody out there that we feel like needs a day off.”

Wilkerson has hit .167 with two RBIs in 30 games this year, and is in a 2-for-28 skid.

Wade made his major league debut on Saturday and allowed six runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings. Wade’s demotion leaves the Orioles with 13 pitchers. They have offdays on July 1 stand July 5th.

“Things could change day-to-day, obviously. Things have changed a lot. Things happen unexpectedly,” Hyde said. “Pitching-wise, sometimes you’ve got to scramble to make a move there … We’re hoping we can stay like this from a pitching standpoint, a least for a little while.”

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25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Mercy>Judgment

    June 27, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Ramon Urias’ pursuit of entry into the HOF in Cooperstown, NY, continues today!

    Ramon has a 6 game MLB hit streak going into this afternoon’s game and has hit in 8 of his last 9 MLB games! Batting 0.429, OBP 0.520 (yes! 0.520), SLG 0.619 over those last 9 games!!!

  2. Icterus fan

    June 27, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Question: why do pitchers point into the air when an infield fly ball or pop up is hit?
    Isn’t it obvious enough that it’s up there?
    Seen this for years; seems curious.

    • CalsPals

      June 27, 2021 at 2:01 pm

      I’m pretty sure they’re showing where the ball went, more than likely for Severino…lol…go O’s…

  3. Bman

    June 27, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    No, not a trade chip! Get healthy soon..

  4. CalsPals

    June 27, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Holy crap is the ump behind the plate awful, two missed 3-2 count strike outs, first was a ridiculously easy call, then calls Guerrero safe at home, glad to see Hyde at least question that when he said nothing about the 2 K’s, video overturned the play at home, all in the 3rd inning, enough bad calls for a game…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 27, 2021 at 2:40 pm

      All true. Country Joe West. Am I wrong in what I thought I heard Palmer say about him, in that he’s worked more games than anybody in MLB History?

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 27, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      Ken, Joe West set the record for most major league games umpired on May 25. He’s the umpire at third base today,

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 27, 2021 at 3:04 pm

        Thanks Rich ….. Just noticed that when Palmer said his (home plate ump) name is Bruce something …. I’m obviously confused.

    • CalsPals

      June 27, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      The guy behind the plate could be a dead ringer for West, at first I thought it was West until the video check & he didn’t have a chest protector…go O’s…

    • CalsPals

      June 27, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      Same ump, 7th inning, two on, Mountcastle gets 2 called strikes easily a ball 1/2 outside, ball 4 was more of a strike than the two called strikes, they pay these guys right?…good lord he’s awful….go O’s…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 27, 2021 at 3:59 pm

        He’s pitiful.

  5. Icterus fan

    June 27, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Mountcastle laying off a high 3-2 pitch in top of the 7th inning to load the bases. Good job of knowing the strike zone. His confidence seems to be building.

  6. Mercy>Judgment

    June 27, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    7 game hitting streak for Ramon Urias!
    Joe DiMaggio is on notice…

  7. Boog Robinson Robinson

    June 27, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Wowsy … Dillon Tate! For one day at least, the Zach Britton trade looks a bit better ‘eh?

    So…pretending that Britton isn’t currently hurt (he is) … would you trade Dillon Tate back to the Yankees at this point

    I’d keep Tate. He’s looking like a keeper.

    • CalsPals

      June 27, 2021 at 4:17 pm

      He did today:)…go O’s…

  8. Icterus fan

    June 27, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Though their record isn’t eye popping, you can clearly tell that spending money in most cases buys a good team.
    The Jays have big, solid pitchers – starters and relievers.
    Good infield anchored by Guerrero and a solid outfield too.
    Bichette, Grichuk and Guerrero are just all great players.
    They will be there come September.

    • CalsPals

      June 27, 2021 at 5:14 pm

      Bichette only 23, Vlad Jr only 22, Grichuk 29, youngest team in MLB…go O’s…

    • Icterus fan

      June 27, 2021 at 5:31 pm

      Wow. That’s impressive. Also impressive is Bichette’s ability to extend a plate appearance. This kid is a foul ball machine and really knows the strike zone.

      Ain’t no liability in the field either, with good range and a strong arm.
      Dante taught him well.

    • Buzz1979

      June 27, 2021 at 9:10 pm

      Absolutely senseless to option Wilkerson rather than release him. He has failed 3 times at the major league level, and cleared waivers twice!

    • Buzz1979

      June 27, 2021 at 9:11 pm

      Grichuk is mediocre, only good against the Orioles!

  9. CanOfCorn

    June 27, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Well another mark in the loss column.
    Seems only guy with solid spot in outfield is Cedric. Don’t get comfortable fellas, outfield definitely open competition in the future.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 27, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      Santander isn’t going anywhere.

  10. OsfansinWV

    June 27, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Personally I’m glad Urias is back. IMO he hits just as well or better than Wilkerson and Vailaika and plays ALOT better defense than the other two. But at 30 games under .500 it doesn’t really matter at this point… Hanser Alberto, come out come out wherever you are!!!!

  11. Buzz1979

    June 27, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Absolutely senseless to option Wilkerson rather than release him. He has failed 3 times at the major league level, and cleared waivers twice!

  12. Jim-Considine

    June 28, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Am I crazy of did Trey Mancini once play a respectable left field for the Orioles? His defensive skills are not spectacular, however he catches the baseball. In 2019, while playing 69% of his games in mostly right field, Trey made one error. He led the position players with a .988 field %. He is not going to chase down balls like Cedric or peg a runner like Austin and Santander, but he is not going to play pinball like D.J.
    /we have no golden gooses waiting in the wings to solve 2021. What we can do is mix up things like Brandon did on Sunday. The team sat it’s two leading players allowing that role to be claimed by whoever steps up. Yeah we lost, but we hung in there.

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