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Orioles waiting for word on McKenna, Nevin

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BALTIMORE–Before Thursday’s opener, the Orioles designated outfielder Ryan McKenna and infielder/outfielder Tyler Nevin for assignment. As of Saturday, no move had been announced. They could be traded, claimed off waivers or, if they pass through waivers, they could be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk and remain with the Orioles.

Manager Brandon Hyde, who’s fond of both players, said the moves were difficult.

“Extremely hard,” Hyde said. “Wishing the best for both guys. I really like both of them a lot.”

Nevin, 26, came back to the Orioles in a trade for cash considerations with Detroit on January. He played 64 games for the Orioles in 2021 and 2022. He hit .333 with an .840 OPS in 57 Grapefruit League at-bats, the most on the Orioles.

“Tyler had a great spring training for us, a great spring training to showcase himself also for 29 other teams,” Hyde said. “I tried to get him as many at-bats as possible. I think he’s really improved. What he’s shown in Triple-A, the way he’s able to hit left-handed pitching. He’s a good player and he can cover you in a lot of spots. That was challenging because he’s a great kid, too.”

McKenna, 27, played most of the past three seasons with the Orioles as a reserve outfielder, but hit just .135 (5-for-37) in spring training. Colton Cowser also can play each of the three outfield positions, and is a left-handed hitter.

“Mac’s been a part of our club for the last few years,” Hyde said. “Through the lows and through the highs. In his role, he did an outstanding job. The way he came off the bench, the way he defended, the way he brought energy to our club. He got some starts, especially against left-handed pitching. He did some nice things.

“He covered for us a lot. Mac’s got a lot of ability as well, and he’s got a bright future ahead of him. I want whatever’s best for both those guys. Obviously, I’d love for them to be in our organization. I can see both of these guys being with our club at some point, but I also want what’s best for them.”

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