Facing the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium this weekend, the Baltimore Orioles got some bad news in the form of the injury bug. Starting infielder Ramón Urías was placed on the 10-Day IL retroactive to June 10 with a left oblique strain, which he reportedly suffered during batting practice on Friday.
After Urías felt uncomfortable during batting practice on Friday, he was scratched from the lineup, and further testing revealed the oblique strain. It’s a similar injury to the abdominal discomfort that held him out for a few games in May, and the hope is that Urías will only be sidelined for the 10 Day minimum.
Until then, Urías was having a fine season for the Baltimore Orioles, mostly playing 3rd base. So far this season, Urías has a .225 batting average with a .387 slugging percentage and .660 OPS and has six home runs and 18 RBIs in 49 games this season.
To fill the roster spot vacated by Urías, infielder Richie Martin was called up from Triple A Norfolk. Martin made his 2022 season debut on Friday, playing second base after he was DFA’d and cleared waivers after the 2021 season ended.
"“He’s swinging the bat well in Triple-A, so we’re happy about that. He’s a guy that can play the middle of the field for us. We’re a little short in the middle of the field. Richie is incredibly athletic and has been playing well in Norfolk. Hopefully it can continue here.”"
Up to the callup, the 27 year old Martin was tearing the cover off the ball while with the Tides. He got called up in the midst of a season where he was hitting .294 with a .824 OPS at the plate, and has played 4 different positions in the field for the Tides.