Injuries & Moves: O's agree to terms with 4, tender contracts to 13 others

November 18th, 2023

Check back throughout the offseason for updates on the Orioles' injuries and roster moves.


Nov. 17: LHP Keegan Akin, OF Sam Hilliard, INF/OF Jorge Mateo, OF Ryan McKenna agree to terms on one-year contracts for 2024, avoiding arbitration
These four players are no longer in jeopardy of going to arbitration hearings with the Orioles, as each agreed to terms on a 2024 contract. The quartet entered the offseason among the 17 Baltimore players who were eligible for arbitration.

Akin, Mateo and McKenna have each played multiple seasons for the O's. Hilliard was claimed off waivers from the Royals on Nov. 1.

Nov. 17: LHP Danny Coulombe, OF Austin Hays, LHP Cole Irvin, LHP John Means, INF Ryan Mountcastle, OF Cedric Mullins, INF/OF Ryan O'Hearn, LHP Cionel Pérez, OF Anthony Santander, RHP Dillon Tate, INF Ramón Urías, RHP Jacob Webb, RHP Tyler Wells, all pre-arbitration 40-man players tendered 2024 contracts
Of the 17 Orioles players who entered the offseason eligible for arbitration, the 13 listed here were tendered contracts prior to the Nov. 17 deadline, but they have not yet agreed to terms for 2024. They have until Jan. 12 to do so. If they don't, then they will exchange salary figures with the club and schedule an arbitration hearing between Jan. 29 and Feb. 16.


RHP (right elbow flexor strain)
Expected return: 2024
After getting a second opinion on his injured right elbow, Tate was shut down and went to the Orioles' spring complex in Sarasota, Fla. The 29-year-old right-hander made three rehab appearances for Triple-A Norfolk between June 15 and 21, allowing five runs over 2 1/3 innings.

Tate, who didn't pitch for the Orioles this year, made 10 Minor League appearances during a 30-day rehab assignment from late April to late May. But general manager Mike Elias announced on May 26 that Tate experienced a setback when he sustained a stress reaction in the elbow. Elias said the reaction was separate from the previous injury. (Last updated: Oct. 11)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Spring Training 2025
Bautista underwent Tommy John surgery on Oct. 9 at Trinity Park Surgery Center in Arlington. The procedure was performed by Dr. Keith Meister. Bautista is expected to be sidelined for all of the 2024 season. General manager Mike Elias announced Bautista would need the surgery Sept. 30 after the right-hander had spent most of the month throwing bullpen sessions. He threw a 25-pitch simulated game at Camden Yards on Sept. 26, but the Orioles decided they ran out of time to try to have him pitch through the partial tear of his UCL and contribute in the postseason. (No further damage was caused to the ligament by having the All-Star closer throw.) (Last updated: Oct. 9)