With all the injuries suffered this week the Baltimore Orioles have a chance to look at some players who may be around when they are ready to compete.
Injuries are arguably the worst part of professional sports. No one roots for anyone to get injured and watching what happened to the Baltimore Orioles was hard on the eyes.
Dwight Smith Jr. (Concussion) and DJ Stewart (Right ankle sprain) were both placed on the Injured List. While Jonathan Villar and Pedro Severino both left Wednesday night’s game against the Rangers banged up.
Villar and Severino will be back in action Saturday but while Smith and Stewart are out the Orioles have a chance to look at players who could help the team win ball-games in the future.
The O’s recalled Anthony Santander from Norfolk to replace Smith Jr, and the young outfielder made an immediate impact.
In Baltimore’s loss to the Houston Astros, Friday Santander went 2-5 with a double. Stevie Wilkerson is also back from AAA getting another chance to prove he belongs in the big leagues.
Before Severino’s injury the Orioles had already called up young catcher Chance Sisco, and the 24-year-old made the most of his chance to start.
Friday, Sisco crushed a solo home run to extend the Orioles lead at the time. He also guided the O’s pitching staff to solid performance holding an Astros team averaging over five runs a game to just four with the final run coming in extra innings.
Though it’s coming in small sample sizes, the Baltimore Orioles are getting a chance to watch their potential future starters get an opportunity to compete at the big league level.
The injuries are frustrating, but if there’s any silver lining, it’s letting the kids play.