Injuries & Moves: Bradish (shoulder) throws

June 29th, 2022

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

LATEST NEWS

June 29: RHP Kyle Bradish (right shoulder inflammation) throws on field
Bradish threw on the field of T-Mobile Park on Wednesday without setbacks, something he's done for a few days now. That has continued to breed confidence into the belief that he'll be ready to be activated off the injured list exactly when or near when he's eligible on July 6.

"Getting better every day," said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. "No setbacks." -- Zachary Silver

June 27: INF Ramón Urías (left oblique) takes batting practice, nears return
Arguably the most positive day for Urías since he sustained the left oblique strain in early June came on Monday, when he took early batting practice and fielded grounders prior to the O's series opener against the Mariners. Manager Brandon Hyde said Urías will be back in action "sometime soon," which would put an end to a finnicky recovery from already tricky oblique strains. -- Zachary Silver

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day IL

RHP (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: Early July
Bradish threw on the T-Mobile Park field on June 29, something he's done for a few days now without any issues. The Orioles are confident that Bradish will be able to return off the injured list at or near when he's eligible on July 6. The IL move, retroactive to June 21, was tabbed as precautionary after Bradish felt some discomfort from a side session. -- Zachary Silver (Last Updated: June 29)

INF Ramón Urías (left oblique strain)
Expected return:
Early July
Urías had the most productive day of his rehab on June 27, when he took early batting practice and fielded grounders on the field. Early reports were positive, manager Brandon Hyde said, but as is the case with oblique injuries, more important will be how Urías recovers in the days that follow. Urías sustained the oblique strain on June 11, during his last round of batting practice in Kansas City, and was a late scratch to the game. -- Zachary Silver (Last updated: June 27)

RHP Travis Lakins Sr. (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return:
TBD
The Orioles had initially optioned Lakins to the Minors on May 12, but they announced on May 20 that the Lakins move had been reversed and he was being placed on the Major League injured list. The severity of the ailment was not immediately known. Lakins last pitched on May 11, and the move is retroactive to May 12. He will earn big league pay and service time while on the IL. The change also means the Orioles did not use one of their five options on the year for Lakins, having already optioned him twice this season. -- Zachary Silver (Last updated: May 20)

60-day IL

LHP John Means (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
2023
Means was able to shed the brace on his left arm and continues to be "on or ahead of schedule" in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He has acknowledged it's far too early to determine any sort of rigid timeline for resuming throwing or anything baseball-related. Means made his return to Camden Yards on May 18, during the series against the Yankees, happy with his progress but disappointed that he can't be part of the Orioles' impressive pitching staff in 2022. He also said his return would likely take around 12 months, depending on exact progressions, which will likely sideline him at least partway into 2023, after he left his April 13 start with the forearm tightness. Means is working out -- mostly his lower body -- in Arlington, Texas, where he underwent his operation. -- Zachary Silver (Last updated: June 10)

LHP Alexander Wells (left UCL strain)
Expected return:
Potentially late July/August
Wells was moved to the 60-day injured list on May 25. He played in two games for the Orioles before initially being placed on the injured list in late April. Wells has a Grade 1 strain in his left ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) that will sideline him eight to 12 weeks, the club announced on May 1. No surgery is expected, manager Brandon Hyde said, but Wells will rehab at the club's complexes in Sarasota, Fla. It's an unfortunate occurrence for the 25-year-old, who reported some discomfort in his left elbow after pitching in relief on April 26 against the Yankees and figured to have a chance at a swingman role for at least part of the season. -- Bill Ladson (Last updated: May 25)

RHP Chris Ellis (right shoulder surgery)
Expected return:
2023
Ellis was moved to the 60-day injured list on May 12, already sidelined the remainder of the season after he underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery on May 4 in Arlington, Texas, to clean up his right rotator cuff and labrum. It's an unfortunate prognosis for the 29-year-old, who was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay in 2021 and was signed to a Minor League deal this offseason, pitching to a 3.64 ERA in eight starts for Baltimore. Ellis initially left his start on April 24 in Anaheim with what the club termed right shoulder inflammation. -- Zachary Silver (Last updated: May 12)