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Cedric Mullins
Cedric Mullins Sitting against lefty
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 1:19 PM
Mullins isn't in the Orioles' lineup Thursday against the Red Sox, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Analysis: As lefty Chris Sale prepares to take the mound for Boston, the Orioles will keep the lefty-hitting Mullins on the bench to begin Thursday's contest. Aaron Hicks will take over in center field and bat fifth while Mullins sits.
Adam Frazier
Adam Frazier Sitting versus lefty
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 1:16 PM
Frazier isn't in the Orioles' lineup Thursday against the Red Sox, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Analysis: Southpaw Chris Sale will take the mound for Boston on Thursday, so the left-handed bat of Frazier will ride the pine to begin the game. Jordan Westburg will slide to second base with Gunnar Henderson at third base and Jorge Mateo starting at shortstop.
Ryan O'Hearn
Ryan O'Hearn Idle against southpaw
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 1:12 PM
O'Hearn isn't in the Orioles' lineup Thursday against Boston, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Analysis: O'Hearn will step out of the lineup as the O's are set to face a left-handed pitcher (Chris Sale) for the second game in a row. Ryan Mountcastle will cover first base while O'Hearn sits, moving Adley Rutschman into the DH spot with James McCann behind the plate.
Austin Hays
Austin Hays Gets on base three times
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 11:51 AM
Hays went 2-for-3 with a walk, one RBI, a stolen base and one run scored in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Nationals.
Analysis: The steal was Hays' fifth of the season and his first since Aug. 26. The outfielder was atop the lineup versus southpaw Patrick Corbin -- this was the first time he's hit leadoff since Sept. 4. Hays has been steady throughout the season, batting .279 with a .779 OPS, 16 home runs, 67 RBI and 76 runs scored over 142 contests as the Orioles' primary left fielder. He's been a little down in September, hitting .265 with three homers over 25 contests.
Jorge Mateo
Jorge Mateo Records 30th steal
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 11:48 AM
Mateo went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Nationals.
Analysis: Mateo reached the 30-steal mark for the second year in a row, and he did it with four thefts over his last 10 contests. The shortstop has regularly been in the lineup versus southpaws lately, but he's seen minimal playing time versus righties. For the season, Mateo has a .219/.270/.344 slash line with seven home runs, 33 RBI and 56 runs scored over 112 contests, but he's hit just .180 with one homer since the start of May.
Adley Rutschman
Adley Rutschman Homers, collects three RBI
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 9:07 AM
Rutschman went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Nationals.
Analysis: Rutschman jumped on a hanging four-seamer from Patrick Corbin in the bottom of the third and crushed it over the wall in left-center field to put the Orioles on top 2-0. The star catcher would then tack on another run with an RBI single in the fifth as Baltimore went on to win its fourth straight. Rutschman has now recorded multiple hits in four of his last six games while the home run marked his fourth this month and 20th on the season. He's also drawn at least one walk in four consecutive games.
Grayson Rodriguez
Grayson Rodriguez Allows one run in win
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 8:45 AM
Rodriguez (7-4) earned the win Wednesday, allowing one run on six hits over 5.2 innings against the Nationals. He struck out five and did not issue a walk.
Analysis: Rodriguez surrendered only one hit over the first four frames before giving up three in the fifth, which would lead to one run coming home for Washington. The young right-hander would then allow hits to two of the first four batters he faced in the top of the sixth before being relieved by Danny Coulombe. Rodriguez has now won five of his last six decisions (spanning eight starts) and has continued to lower his ERA with each passing month, culminating in a 2.17 ERA in September. .
Joey Ortiz
Joey Ortiz Returns to action at Triple-A
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:43 PM
Ortiz (oblique) is back in the lineup for Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, David Hall of The Virginia-Pilot reports.
Analysis: Ortiz will start at second base and bat sixth after missing three weeks of action because of a left oblique injury. The 25-year-old infielder has posted an impressive .321/.378/.507 slash line with nine homers and 11 steals in 88 games this season at the Triple-A level.
Ryan McKenna
Ryan McKenna Sent back to Norfolk
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:09 PM
Baltimore optioned McKenna to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of reports.
Analysis: Ryan Mountcastle (shoulder) has been activated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding roster move. McKenna did not receive a plate appearance during his one-week stay with the Orioles.
Ryan Mountcastle
Ryan Mountcastle Activated from 10-day IL
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:07 PM
Mountcastle (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Wednesday's game against the Nationals, Roch Kubatko of reports.
Analysis: Mountcastle is not in the Orioles' lineup Wednesday versus Washington, but he should be available off the bench and is expected to make a full return in Thursday's series opener against the Red Sox. The 26-year-old wound up missing exactly 10 days because of left shoulder inflammation.
Adam Frazier
Adam Frazier Not in Wednesday's lineup
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 1:37 PM
Frazier is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals, Roch Kubatko of reports.
Analysis: The left-handed hitting Frazier will begin this one on the bench as the Nats throw southpaw Patrick Corbin. Jordan Westburg is handling second base.
Ryan O'Hearn
Ryan O'Hearn Sitting out versus lefty
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 1:35 PM
O'Hearn is absent from the lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Nationals, Roch Kubatko of reports.
Analysis: The Nationals are throwing left-hander Patrick Corbin, so O'Hearn will take a seat. Anthony Santander is getting a start at first base, and Aaron Hicks will patrol right field.
Adam Frazier
Adam Frazier Picks up 11th steal
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 11:48 AM
Frazier went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Nationals.
Analysis: Frazier has maintained a .242 batting average this year, and he's been right at that level by going 13-for-53 (.245) in September. He's logged two steals over his last six games to give him 11 thefts on the year. The second baseman has added 13 home runs, 60 RBI, 58 runs scored and a .699 OPS over 137 contests, and he continues to see a majority of the playing time at the keystone versus right-handed pitchers.
Gunnar Henderson
Gunnar Henderson Provides offense with 28th homer
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 8:37 AM
Henderson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.
Analysis: The 22-year-old further bolstered his campaign for AL Rookie of the Year, taking Josiah Gray deep for a leadoff solo homer that turned out to be the difference in Tuesday's 1-0 victory. After Henderson endured a somewhat slow start to his first full season, he has posted a slugging percentage of .500 or better in each of the final four months, resulting in a season-long slash line of .260/.329/.498 with 28 doubles, nine triples, 28 home runs, 82 RBI, 99 runs scored, 10 steals and a 155:55 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 607 plate appearances. His hard-hit rate of 52.0 percent ranks as the 14th-highest in the MLB this year, sandwiching the rookie between Yordan Alvarez and Mike Trout in the category. It's safe to say Henderson will be a fixture in the heart of Baltimore's potent offense for years to come.
Yennier Cano
Yennier Cano Overpowering in eighth save
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 8:07 AM
Cano picked up the save in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Washington. He struck out three in a perfect ninth inning.
Analysis: The 29-year-old was called upon to protect the slimmest of margins Tuesday and did so in dominant fashion, getting Lane Thomas, Keibert Ruiz and Joey Meneses to strike out swinging on just 13 pitches. Since Baltimore closer Felix Bautista (elbow) landed on the injured list Aug. 26, Cano has surrendered six of the 17 earned runs he's given up all year, seeing his season-long ERA increase from 1.60 to 2.13 across 10.2 innings. The right-hander has, however, converted four of his five save opportunities and notched two holds in that span.
Kyle Bradish
Kyle Bradish Eight scoreless innings in win
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 7:51 AM
Bradish (12-7) earned the win Tuesday, allowing three hits and two walks over eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over Washington. He struck out four.
Analysis: Bradish saved his longest outing of the campaign for what is likely to be the righty's final start of the 2023 regular season, shutting out the Nationals for eight innings thanks in large part to the 14 groundball outs he induced. In 10 starts since the beginning of August, the 27-year-old has gone 6-1 with a 2.15 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 68:16 K:BB across 62.2 innings. Bradish took a big step forward in his sophomore season, improving in every major pitching category and finishing with a 12-7 record, 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 163:43 K:BB and 49.3 percent groundball rate, currently the eighth-highest in MLB among qualified starters.
Ryan Mountcastle
Ryan Mountcastle Takes BP, nearing activation
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 4:46 PM
Mountcastle (shoulder) took batting practice on the field Tuesday and is likely a couple days away from being reinstated from the 10-day injured list, Cordell Woodland of 105.7 The Fan Baltimore reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old will be eligible to be activated Wednesday, but the Orioles may give it an extra day or two before returning him to the active roster. Regardless, Mountcastle should be ready for game action before the end of the regular season Sunday.
Jordan Westburg
Jordan Westburg Out of Tuesday's lineup
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 3:42 PM
Westburg is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nationals.
Analysis: Westburg went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run Sunday in Cleveland to end and 0-for-11 slump, but he'll take a seat for Tuesday's series opener versus Washington. Ramon Urias will man the hot corner and bat ninth.
Felix Bautista
Felix Bautista Throws simulated game
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 2:25 PM
Bautista (elbow) threw a 25-pitch simulated game Tuesday, Jacob Calvin Meyer of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Analysis: Orioles manager Brandon Hyde had revealed previously that Bautista would be throwing, and now we know he faced hitters for the first time since he was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow a month ago. The 28-year-old threw fastballs and off-speed pitches in the session and appeared to come out of it with no issues. According to Cordell Woodland of 105.7 The Fan Baltimore, Hyde also acknowledged the clock is ticking for Bautista to be activated before the end of the season, and the right-hander may need to see game action soon if that's to come to fruition.
Felix Bautista
Felix Bautista Will throw again Tuesday
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 12:48 PM
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde told Dani Wexelman of MLB Network Radio that Bautista (elbow) will throw again Tuesday.
Analysis: "He's feeling good," Hyde said. "He's going to throw today, we're just monitoring it right now. I'm know we're running out of time a little bit. That's the only update I can give. We'll see how he is tomorrow, if he throws well today we'll continue to progress it. But he hasn't thrown enough, he's had about a month off. We only have six games left...depending on how he feels, there is an injury in there, we wanna be smart." Hyde doesn't appear to be terribly optimistic that Bautista could return before the end of the regular season, although the reliever has seemingly already progressed more quickly than expected from his UCL tear so nothing can be ruled out. Ultimately, the Orioles' main goal figures to be getting Bautista back for the postseason, but there remains work to be done.


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