Relief pitcher Tanner Scott has been placed on the injured list because of a sprained left knee. After Saturday night’s game, in which the left-hander did not retire any of the three batters he faced, manager Brandon Hyde said that Scott’s knee was sore.
The Orioles activated left-hander Keegan Akin from the Covid-19 injured list. Right-hander Thomas Eshelman has been designated for assignment to make room for Akin on 40-man roster.
It was the second straight rough outing for the Scott. On Friday night, he didn’t retire any of the four batters he faced, allowing two hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He was charged with three runs. On Saturday night, he walked two and hit a batter. One run scored in the Orioles’ 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.
“It’s been going on and off a little bit for the last week to two weeks,” Hyde said of Scott’s knee. “Yesterday, he felt really good, so he was available to pitch, wanted to pitch. Then it was pretty clear in that second hitter, I noticed it. He was landing differently, and unfortunately with the three-batter minimum, I had to keep him in there because he felt fine.
“After the game, the knee was sore. He got evaluated today, and we’re going to put him on the IL.”
Scott is 4-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 48 games. Hyde isn’t sure how he’ll juggle his bullpen without Scott.
“Tanner’s been a weapon for us,” Hyde said. “The last couple of nights weren’t his best, but he’s gotten a lot of big outs for us. I’m just going to continue to try to match up as best as I possibly can without him, and hopefully he’s back soon.”