Injuries & Moves: Hays lands on IL with calf strain

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April 22: OF Austin Hays (left calf strain) placed on 10-day injured list; C David Bañuelos selected; OF Peyton Burdick designated for assignment; 1B Ryan Mountcastle out of lineup (knee soreness)
Hays landed on the 10-day IL on Monday with a left calf strain. Hays left early from Saturday's game against the Royals with calf tightness and remained out of the lineup on Sunday. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that Hays should return near the end of his 10-day stint.

"We feel confident that he'll return shortly after the IL stint," Hyde said on Monday. "We just need the calf to calm down a little bit."

Mountcastle -- who is almost a given to start against lefties -- was out of the lineup on Monday against Angels lefty Reid Detmers due to knee soreness. He could, however, be available off the bench tonight.

"We're just keeping him out as a precaution," Hyde said. "It swelled up a bit on him after the game last night. He should be available off the bench."


OF Austin Hays (left calf strain)
Expected return: Late April/early May
Hays was placed on the 10-day IL on Monday with a left calf strain. Hays left early from Saturday's game against the Royals with calf tightness and remained out of the lineup on Sunday. While the injury was serious enough to require an IL stint, Hyde believes that Hays should return around the time he's eligible.

It's been a tough start to the season for the veteran outfielder. The 27-year-old Hays -- who owns a career .740 OPS -- has a .311 OPS through his first 19 games of the season.

RHP (right UCL sprain)
Expected return: Potentially May
Bradish made his second rehab start on April 21, starting for Triple-A Norfolk at Jacksonville. He allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four in the 64-pitch outing. His fastball was sitting around 93-95 mph, per Statcast.

The 27-year-old right-hander made his first rehab start on April 16, tossing three scoreless innings for Double-A Bowie vs. Altoona. He allowed one hit and struck out four while facing 10 batters and throwing 44 pitches (26 strikes).

Bradish began the season on the injured list due to the right UCL sprain he sustained in January at the start of his offseason throwing program. He underwent imaging and received a platelet-rich plasma injection, then restarted his progression on Feb. 16. (Last updated: April 21)

RHP Tyler Wells (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return: TBD
Wells didn't bounce back from his April 6 start at Pittsburgh the way he had hoped and said he felt discomfort during his April 12 outing vs. Milwaukee. The 29-year-old right-hander was placed on the IL on April 16 for "precautionary reasons," per manager Brandon Hyde, who has remained confident that Wells won't miss an extended period of time due to the inflammation in his right elbow. Wells has expressed similar optimism.

"I take pride in three things, and that's being a great teammate, my work ethic and being a good pitcher," Wells said on April 20. "Right now, I'm really working hard with the medical staff, with the strength and conditioning staff and really just making sure that my body's in a good place, that we're doing a lot of hard work and after this stint, I come back better than what I was before."

There is not yet a timetable for Wells (who is continuing to undergo treatment) to resume throwing. He had a 5.87 ERA in his first three starts of the season. (Last updated: April 20)

LHP (left forearm strain)
Expected return: Late April/early May
Means made his fourth rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk on April 17, when he allowed five earned runs on five hits and one walk in one-third of an inning at Jacksonville during a 34-pitch outing. The 30-year-old left-hander has an 18.41 ERA over 7 1/3 innings during his rehab assignment with the Tides.

General manager Mike Elias stated earlier this month that the southpaw should be activated not "too deep into May, if it does go into May."

When Means reported to Spring Training on Feb. 14, he was about a month behind other pitchers in his throwing program. After making four starts last season following his return from Tommy John surgery, he spent the early part of the offseason resting due to an October flareup for his surgically repaired left elbow, which caused him to miss the postseason. (Last updated: April 19)

LHP Cionel Pérez (right oblique strain)
Expected return: Potentially late April/early May
Pérez exited a March 30 win over the Angels in the ninth inning alongside head athletic trainer Brian Ebel. The 27-year-old left-hander went on the injured list the next day. He began to feel discomfort while warming up in the bullpen, and it worsened upon his entry into the game.

However, Pérez believes he caught the injury in time to prevent something more serious, as he said on April 3 that he was feeling much better following treatment. He has since resumed throwing, and he is expected to throw live batting practice early in the week of April 22. (Last updated: April 16)


RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Spring Training 2025
Bautista, who had Tommy John surgery last October, underwent right elbow debridement and an ulnar nerve transposition on Feb. 9 in Dallas. Dr. Keith Meister performed both the Tommy John surgery and the additional procedures.

The secondary procedures (both common after Tommy John surgery) cleaned up scar tissue in Bautista’s right elbow and moved the nerve to free it up from compression. His reconstructed right UCL continues to heal well, and his recovery timeline won’t be affected. The Orioles still expect the All-Star closer -- who was placed on the 60-day injured list on Feb. 14 -- to begin throwing in April and to return for the start of the 2025 season.

Bautista was with the Orioles for Opening Day on March 28, but he left on March 30 for Sarasota, Fla., to continue his rehab at the team's complex. (Last updated: March 30)