Baltimore Orioles: Injury Updates On Chris Davis And Mark Trumbo
By Nick Stevens
A few familiar names are closer to returning to the Baltimore Orioles.
The Baltimore Orioles will have to make a few roster moves in the near future. The moves won’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, but I have a feeling they won’t be popular in the short term.
Before Sunday’s series finale against the San Francisco Giants, MASN’s Roch Kubatko tweeted out a few injury updates on first baseman Chris Davis and OF/DH Mark Trumbo. Both are nearing their return to the major league roster.
Let’s start with the least complicated of the two, Mark Trumbo. Trumbo began his minor league rehab assignment this week with the Bowie Baysox. In three games, Trumbo is 3-13 (.231) with a double. If you haven’t been watching Baysox games, he looks exactly like you would expect. After going 0-4 with two strikeouts in his first game, Trumbo has hits in each of his last two games, including a multi-hit game on Saturday afternoon.
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At the time of publishing, Bowie hasn’t released their Sunday lineup, so no word yet on if he will get one more game in. However, we do know that Trumbo will be with the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday while they go on the road to take on the Durham Bulls.
No need to worry about what happens when the Orioles are ready to add him to the major league roster, yet. But Baltimore will need to clear a spot for Chris Davis.
As Kubatko reported this morning, Davis is on track to come off the Injured List on Tuesday, joining the Orioles after Monday’s off day. Davis has been on the shelf with hip soreness. After a torrid stretch that saw him put up some of the best offensive numbers in baseball, Davis cooled before hitting the Injured List.
It will be interesting to see how the Orioles address the roster when Davis is activated. Renato Nunez emerged from his slump and has more home runs than anyone in baseball over the past two-plus weeks. DJ Stewart was just called up and Brandon Hyde has been on record saying that Stewart will be given his playing time.
With Trey Mancini being forced back into the outfield, will Stevie Wilkerson draw the short straw? Wilkerson is hitting .243 with a .293 OBP in his 34 games of action. There have been plenty of positive moments from the hard-hitting utility man, but his strikeout rate north of 30% and wRC+ of 89 don’t exactly scream success.
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