11:21am: The group has now introduced that Santander is on the 10-day injured listing. McKenna has certainly been recalled to take his spot on the 26-man roster.
10:50am: Orioles slugger Anthony Santander will miss the subsequent two to 4 weeks of motion after sustaining a sprained ankle, supervisor Brandon Hyde introduced to reporters this morning (Twitter link by way of Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com). X-rays and an MRI each confirmed that there isn’t a fracture in Santander’s ankle. A corresponding roster transfer is within the works, per Hyde. Santander injured the ankle final evening when lunging again to first base on a pickoff try (video link).
Santander, 26, emerged as one of many Orioles’ finest hitters from 2019-20 and was the topic of some trade inquiries over the winter. Nonetheless, the O’s management him during 2024 and clearly weren’t motivated to make a transfer primarily based on any of these talks.
The switch-hitting Santander is out to a sluggish begin in 2021, hitting simply .196/.230/.321 in 62 plate appearances after lacking a while late in Spring Coaching with an indirect problem. However from 2019-20, Santander delivered a .261/.302/.505 batting line with 31 dingers, 33 doubles and a pair of triples in 570 journeys to the plate. A middling 5.1 p.c stroll fee in that point limits his on-base upside, however Santander additionally struck out in simply 15.6 p.c of his plate appearances final season.
Baltimore simply welcomed outfielder Austin Hays again from the injured listing yesterday, so he’ll successfully be changing Santander within the on a regular basis lineup transferring ahead. Hays and hot-hitting Cedric Mullins are each choices at any of the three outfield spots, whereas Ryan Mountcastle and DJ Stewart can work within the corners and in addition combine in some at-bats because the designated hitter. Ryan McKenna, who was optioned yesterday after Hays was activated, might additionally shortly be introduced again and added into the equation if the Orioles need to replenish some outfield depth.