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Injuries & Moves: Coulombe 'optimistic' about elbow

June 12, 2024


O's lose Means, Wells to season-ending UCL surgeries

May 31, 2024

BALTIMORE -- Over the past few weeks, the Orioles’ starting pitching landscape was seemingly getting a bit crowded. They were finally close to full strength, sparking internal conversations about shifting to a six-man rotation at some point in June. On Friday, Baltimore’s pitching staff was dealt a pair of big

Kremer becomes 3rd Orioles starter on IL, as pitching depth tested

May 24, 2024

CHICAGO -- The Orioles had good fortune in 2023, largely staying healthy en route to a 101-win season and AL East title. Baltimore is off to another strong start in 2024, but this time, its pitching depth is being tested early, Dean Kremer landed on the 15-day injured list Friday

O's 'staying optimistic' after losing Grayson (shoulder) to IL

May 1, 2024

BALTIMORE -- Just as the Orioles’ rotation was nearing full strength, the team’s pitching staff was dealt an unexpected big blow Wednesday afternoon. Baltimore placed right-hander Grayson Rodriguez on the 15-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. It was a surprising move after the 24-year-old tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings

Kimbrel blows save, then exits with back tightness

April 28, 2024

BALTIMORE -- The first six pitches to leave Craig Kimbrel’s right hand at the start of the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon were balls, and Orioles manager Brandon Hyde could tell something might be wrong. The 35-year-old closer’s body movement seemed a bit off. “The way he was walking around

Bradish feeling good after first rehab start

April 17, 2024

BALTIMORE -- Kyle Bradish has taken more encouraging steps in his recovery from a right UCL sprain. On Tuesday night, the Orioles right-hander made his first rehab start for Double-A Bowie, where he tossed three scoreless innings vs. Altoona. More important than the results, Bradish came out of the outing

Means unlikely to be part of Orioles' Opening Day rotation

Club's 'rough draft' for left-hander includes probable April return
February 16, 2024

SARASOTA, Fla. -- On Thursday, manager Brandon Hyde said it was a “little too early” in Spring Training to tell if John Means could be part of the Orioles’ Opening Day rotation. But the skipper assumes the group of five starters will not include the 30-year-old left-hander, who began his

Bradish to open season on IL with UCL sprain

GM Elias: No timeline yet, but 'we’re prepping him for a lot of action in 2024'
February 15, 2024

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles should have their new ace ready to go for the start of the 2024 season. However, their returning No. 1 starter will not be part of the Opening Day rotation. While Corbin Burnes joined his new Baltimore teammates for the first day of Spring Training

O's closer Bautista to undergo Tommy John surgery

September 30, 2023

BALTIMORE -- Félix Bautista will not pitch for the Orioles again in 2023 -- and he's unlikely to in the ‘24 season, either. On Saturday, Baltimore general manager Mike Elias announced that Bautista is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Keith Meister during the

Bautista has partial UCL tear but could pitch again in '23

September 11, 2023

BALTIMORE -- It’s been a little more than two weeks since the Orioles lost their All-Star closer, as Félix Bautista sustained an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Aug. 25 and then went on the 15-day injured list the following day. Since then, there hadn’t

O's Bautista to IL with 'some degree of injury' to UCL

August 26, 2023

BALTIMORE -- Orioles All-Star closer Félix Bautista is headed to the 15-day injured list, with general manager Mike Elias telling reporters on Saturday that he has "some degree of injury" to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. “It’s less than 24 hours now and that’s all I’ve got,”

Orioles secure 80th win, but Bautista leaves with injury

August 26, 2023

BALTIMORE -- Rookie sensation Gunnar Henderson cranked a dramatic two-run homer to put the Orioles ahead of the beleaguered Rockies with just three outs to go on a muggy Friday night at Camden Yards. The home crowd rose in anticipation as the AL’s best closer stepped to the hill. Henderson’s

Mullins returns to O's, discusses injury and quick recovery

June 24, 2023

BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Brandon Hyde called it the “best-case scenario.” How could he not? When Cedric Mullins pulled up with an injury while running to first base on May 29, it could have been easy for everybody associated with Baltimore -- its players, its coaches, its fans -- to

Mullins' exit deals big blow to Baltimore's clubhouse

May 29, 2023

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles’ continued offensive struggles during a 5-0 loss to the Guardians became a secondary worry for the club late Monday afternoon. The primary concern expressed from a quiet clubhouse postgame was the health of standout center fielder Cedric Mullins. During the bottom of the eighth inning, Mullins

Means suffers back strain, experiences setback in return

May 26, 2023

BALTIMORE -- Since before Spring Training this year, the Orioles viewed John Means as a potential Trade Deadline-like impact acquisition who wouldn’t require them to part with any assets. The 30-year-old left-hander, who is on the 60-day injured list, underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2022, so this July seemed

Bradish exits early after liner hits right foot

April 3, 2023

ARLINGTON -- Orioles starter Kyle Bradish departed Monday night’s 2-0 series-opening win over the Rangers at Globe Life Field in the second inning after taking a 104 mph liner to his right foot. The ball, which came off the bat of Jonah Heim, knocked Bradish to the ground and ricocheted

Shoulder injury likely ends Wells' breakout campaign

September 23, 2022

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles placed right-hander Tyler Wells on the injured list prior to Friday’s tilt against the Astros at Camden Yards, all but assuredly ending the season for one of their most promising breakout pitchers on a staff full of them. Wells experienced some discomfort in his right shoulder

Baseball's top pitching prospect could be out until '23

Orioles drop series to Guardians after getting news of Rodriguez's status
June 5, 2022

BALTIMORE -- Grayson Rodriguez was “at the point of checking every box you could think of,” coming closer to his much-anticipated Major League debut. But now the hope is simply that the top pitching prospect in baseball (and No. 3 overall, per MLB Pipeline) can return to any mound before

O's top pitching prospect Rodriguez sidelined with lat strain

June 3, 2022

BALTIMORE -- Grayson Rodriguez, the top pitching prospect in baseball, has been diagnosed with a right lat muscle strain that will sideline him “probably a decent amount of time at a minimum,” Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said Thursday afternoon -- a development that will delay

Means visits O's, offers updates: 'Still a big part of our team'

Baltimore's ace addresses media for first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery
May 20, 2022

BALTIMORE -- Take a look at John Means, back in the Camden Yards clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon before the Orioles took on the Yankees, and there are a few noticeable differences. For starters, nearly the entirety of his left arm is bandaged and braced up following his Tommy John surgery

Means has TJ surgery; rehab to start 'immediately'

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April 27, 2022

NEW YORK -- Orioles ace John Means underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, and he will be sidelined for the rest of 2022 and part of the '23 season, team executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said. The surgery -- performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas --

Means (elbow) could miss rest of 2022

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April 16, 2022

BALTIMORE — The precise timetable and path forward for John Means remains unclear, a day after the Orioles placed their ace on the 10-day injured list with a left elbow strain. But the outlook remains grim, with the club preparing to be without Means for the foreseeable future. Asked today

Life without Means will stretch pitching-thin O's

Injured lefty leaves big hole that Baltimore seems likely to fill from within
April 15, 2022

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles don’t know yet the precise nature of the left elbow strain that landed John Means on the injured list Friday, or how long exactly they should expect it to sideline their ace. Those particulars will be finalized in the days to come, with Means scheduled for

Means exits start vs. Crew with left forearm tightness

April 14, 2022

BALTIMORE -- John Means entered the 2022 season with sights set on durability. Not only for his own sake -- he’s eclipsed 150 innings just once in his career -- but knowing the responsibility that comes as the Orioles' staff ace without a proven cavalry behind him. But an unfortunate

Rutschman ruled out for Opening Day

April 4, 2022

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Despite the progress Adley Rutschman continues to make, he’s not expected to be ready in time for either Major League or Triple-A Opening Day. That was the dichotomy in news the Orioles unveiled for their top prospect on Sunday and Monday morning. A day after manager Brandon