The Baltimore Orioles (and the fans) are still hopping after a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays and their top-notch pitching staff.
But, as the Baltimore Orioles enjoy another day off, the team has a few injuries to deal with. Fortunately, the team was able to get the wins over the weekend despite them.
It’s rather tough to keep all of the injuries straight. So, let’s review who’s out as we move around the horn:
Three of the infielders are out, recovering from various aches and pains. At first, Chris Davis has been complaining of knee soreness. So, he was replaced by Pat Valaika, Renato Nunez, and Bryan Holaday, who was called up when Richard Bleier was sent to the Marlins.
The team was worried that Davis was COVID-19 positive when he displayed some flu-like symptoms late last week. According to Joe Trezza with MLB.com, Davis took several tests to determine if his symptoms were related to the virus, but he tested negative “at least eight times.” It turns out that Davis had a garden-variety sinus infection – along with his knee pain. Growing old is not fun, even for professional athletes.
Hanser Alberto at second base is doing just fine, both on defense and at the plate.
At shortstop, Jose Iglesias is out with left-quad soreness. He’s been able to hit in pinch-hitting situations, but he has missed four games at defense. Andrew Velazquez has taken over for Iggy at short, but he is only batting .083 across the board in his 12 plate appearances. Iglesias has been known to be a bit fragile, so hopefully a day of full rest will do him some good.
The latest infielder to go down is Rio Ruiz. He was scratched from the lineup on Sunday, and Valaika moved corners to cover for him. Ruiz has soreness in his right shoulder. And, for a righty at third that’s a problem. He shouldn’t miss many games, which is hopeful, especially with his .318 batting average and team-leading three home runs.
No one new in the outfield is injured. Stevie Wilkerson and Richie Martin will not play this season, as they both broke bones prior to the start of the season. And Ty Blach will also not return to the mound in 2020 has he had Tommy John surgery. In a recent announcement, Kohl Stewart decided to opt-out of 2020 season because of his personal health issues relating to Type-1 Diabetes.
A day off at home should be helpful for a few of the players who need some rest. The schedule doesn’t show it, but the tentative plan for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday is a visit from the Marlins. They still need to get their four games completed, and this is expected to happen at Camden Yards with the Fish serving as home team for two of them.