Prior to Jordan Westburg's debut in Monday night's rainy, 10-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, the Orioles released injury updates on Dillon Tate, Mychal Givens, John Means, James McCann, and Austin Voth. Some players are progressing, while others are experiencing setbacks. No return appears imminent this week.
What are the latest updates on the injured Orioles?
Dillon Tate and Mychal Givens are continuing their one step forward, two steps back routine as they try to join the Orioles bullpen. Both right-handers, who were rehabbing with Norfolk and appeared to be nearing returns to Baltimore, are now undergoing further evaluation and testing, according to MASN's Roch Kubatko. The bullpen sorely misses Tate's dependability from a year ago, where he went 4-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 67 games.
In 13 rehab games this year, Tate has struggled to a 15.19 ERA over 13 games, but like Spring Training, the players' health, as opposed to rehab statistics, is what matters. Givens, who struggled in three appearances in May before returning to the Injured List, is currently experiencing right shoulder soreness. According to Kubatko, the Orioles hope Givens can resume throwing this week and next before rejoining Norfolk.
John Means has returned to playing catch on the field since suffering a setback in May unrelated to his Tommy John Surgery. While the setback delayed Means' comeback trail, Mike Elias previously stated the team still expects Means back sometime this season.
Backup catcher James McCann has resumed running and hitting after spraining his ankle while legging out an infield single at Wrigley field 10 days ago. The Orioles have cycled through Jose Godoy and Anthony Bemboom since McCann hit the IL, with Bemboom delivering the go-ahead RBI hit in Sunday's win over Seattle. McCann will look to improve upon his .576 OPS upon returning.
Finally, the Orioles announced that long reliever Austin Voth has resumed throwing after landing on the IL two weeks ago following a rough outing against Toronto. Upon his return, Voth will look to improve upon his bloated 4.94 ERA.