BALTIMORE—The Orioles have placed centerfielder Cedric Mullins on the 10-day injured list with a right adductor groin strain. The move is retroactive to Sunday.
Mullins left Saturday’s game with what was termed a right quadriceps injury and as recently as Tuesday, said he hoped to avoid the injured list.
He’s hitting .257 with nine home runs and 41 RBIs.
Mullins missed nearly four weeks with a groin injury he suffered on May 30th.
Manager Brandon Hyde described Mullins’ injury as: “his upper leg, groin, quad, felt it in his quad originally. It’s kind of moving around. The soreness is moving around in that upper leg area. It’s a lower body injury that we want to take a little more time with and be careful with.
“It was progressing. It has been progressing. It’s just not progressing at the rate that we were hoping, so the right thing to do is to make sure he’s all the way healthy and running well before we activate him.”
Mullins would be eligible to return in a week.
“I hope that’s the possibility,” Hyde said. “I was hoping he’d be ready later this week, and it hasn’t happened. I hope so.”
The Orioles were able to withstand Mullins’ first stint on the injured list.
“No doubt. Guys stepped up. Ced’s a big part of our club,” Hyde said. “We’re going to have other things these last couple of moves, also. There are going to be other guys who are going to miss some time, too. It’s just the way this game works. When you play every night these are things that happen.
“We pick up the pieces for Ced. We’ve done it in the past. I think we can do it again.”
Hyde said that Mullins performed agility drills, hit and threw and did some running on Tuesday.
“I think he’s OK,” Hyde said. “He was disappointed last time. He came back really quick off that. Hopefully, he recovers well here as well and won’t miss much time.
“He loves being out there, and we want him out there and we want to make sure he’s right before we put him out there.”
The Orioles recalled right-hander Logan Gillaspie from Triple-A Norfolk. Gillaspie is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 games.
Note: Wednesday’s game, which was scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. start, will not begin on time because the grounds crew needs extra time to prepare the field after overnight rain.