Baltimore Orioles News: Darren O’Day placed on 15 day disabled list

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The Orioles have announced that relief pitcher Darren O’Day has been placed on the 15 day disabled list due to a hamstring injury and that Mike Wright has been called up to replace him. 

Arguably the greatest strength of the Baltimore Orioles has been their bullpen. While closer Zach Britton tends to get most of the attention, setup man Darren O’Day has been a huge part of the bridge from the starting pitcher to Britton. The Orioles will have to make do without O’Day for at least the next 15 days. They have announced that O’Day has been placed on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury and they have recalled Mike Wright to replace him on the active 25 man roster. 

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O’Day has been nothing short of fantastic for the Orioles this year, as usual. However, the Orioles bullpen is deep enough to survive without him short-term. O’Day isn’t the only eight inning option for the Orioles. His 3.16 ERA is due to some awful luck recently, but Mychal Givens and Brad Brach provide a combination that should be able to help negate the loss of O’Day.

Darren O’Day’s injury will still be difficult for the Orioles to adjust to because everybody else now takes on a different role. Brach and Givens were middle relievers. Now both of them are considered set up options.

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Vance Worley and Dylan Bundy might have to take on the middle reliever roles. That would leave T.J. McFarland and Brian Duensing as the long relievers of the bullpen, something that is necessary considering the state of the Orioles’ rotation.

Givens and Brach can both get lefties out, but Givens will most likely get the nod against tough left-handed batters because of his ability to make guys miss and his remarkable trend of not leaving pitches up in the zone.

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The Orioles should be just fine without Darren O’Day. That is a testament to how deep the Orioles bullpen is.

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