Injuries & Roster Moves: Valdez (back) to IL

June 21st, 2021

Keep track of the Orioles' recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

ROSTER MOVES

June 21: RHP placed on 10-day injured list
The Orioles closer-turned-longman went seven days between appearances before logging an inning in Sunday’s loss to Toronto. The next day, the Orioles placed Valdez, 36, on the injured list with a lower back strain.

June 21: RHP recalled from Triple-A Norfolk
This is the eighth separate stint in the Majors this season for Lakins, who replaces the injured César Valdez in the Orioles’ ‘pen. The right-hander owns a 6.75 ERA in 21 appearances this season, mostly in middle relief.

INJURY UPDATES

10-day IL

RHP (lower back strain)
Expected return:
Early July
The 36-year-old Valdez complained of lower back stiffness after allowing two runs in an inning of work on June 20, his first appearance in seven days. A revelation early, Valdez has been less effective in recent weeks in a middle relief role, with a 10.13 ERA since mid-May. Valdez is 2-1 with a 5.74 ERA and eight saves in 25 games this season. (Last update: June 21)

LHP (left shoulder strain)
Expected return: Early July
Means began a throwing progression at the Orioles’ Sarasota, Fla., complex, his first step in returning from a left shoulder strain. Means was shut down for a week previously due to the issue, after exiting his June 5 start in the first inning. A subsequent MRI exam revealed a strain but no structural damage. O’s manager Brandon Hyde said Saturday he expects Means back “around the All-Star break.” (Last updated: June 19)

LHP Bruce Zimmermann (left biceps tendinitis)
Expected return:
TBD
Zimmermann joins staff ace John Means on the injured list, giving the Orioles two sidelined starters. His IL stint is backdated to June 15. (Last updated: June 18)

60-day IL

INF/OF (left wrist fracture)
Expected return: Late 2021
The Orioles officially placed Martin, who fractured his left wrist May 18, on the 60-day injured list Monday to free up a 40-man roster spot. This was essentially a paper move, given Martin is expected to be sidelined for several months. He last appeared in the Majors in 2019. (Last updated: May 31)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return
: TBD
The Minor League right-hander underwent successful surgery on Wednesday. The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas, Texas. (Last updated: May 27)

1B (hip surgery)
Expected return
: 2022
Davis injured his back in his first Spring Training game and never appeared in the regular season for the Orioles in 2021. He underwent arthroscopic hip labrum surgery on May 18 and is not expected back until 2022, the last year of his seven-year, $161 million contract. (Last updated: May 25)

Minors (but injured)

OF (right quad/hip)
Expected return: Late June
The Orioles' No. 8 prospect suffered an upper quad/hip injury legging out a double at Triple-A Norfolk on May 19. He began a rehab assignment this week at Double-A Norfolk, with an eye toward returning to the Tides shortly. (Last updated: June 15)