The Baltimore Orioles positioned outfielder Anthony Santander on the injured checklist Saturday due to a strained indirect that might finish his breakout season prematurely. Supervisor Brandon Hyde informed reporters, including MLB.com’s Joe Trezza, that Santander is more likely to miss “important time.” The common season will finish on Sept. 27.

Santander, who will have a good time his twenty sixth birthday in October, was initially acquired as a Rule 5 choose from the Cleveland group. He had appeared in simply 46 video games and confirmed little promise in his first two seasons with the Orioles. After delivering a league-average effort on the plate final season, he took one other step ahead in 37 video games this yr, hitting .261/.315/.575 (136 OPS+) with 11 dwelling runs and bettering his strikeout and stroll charges.

Predictably, Santander had been the Orioles’ most efficient participant this season, per Baseball Reference’s Wins Above Reference calculations. He’ll qualify for arbitration for the primary time this offseason, however he isn’t slated to hit free company till winter 2024.

The Orioles are anticipated to make use of DJ Stewart in proper discipline in Santander’s place. Stewart is a profession .220/.330/.385 (92 OPS+) hitter in 217 big-league plate appearances. The Orioles additionally recalled outfielder Mason Williams from their alternate website previous to Saturday’s recreation. Williams, a former prime prospect, has appeared in 18 video games with the Orioles because the begin of 2019. In 245 profession big-league plate appearances, he has batted .281/.318/.382 (87 OPS+).

The Orioles have encountered turbulence since profitable 12 of their first 20 video games. Baltimore has misplaced 12 of its previous 17 video games, and is now 4 video games behind the closest playoff slot. Together with Saturday’s recreation, the Orioles will end the yr enjoying six video games towards the New York Yankees; 5 towards the Tampa Bay Rays; three towards the Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, and Boston Crimson Sox; and two towards the New York Mets. A playoff run appears unlikely.

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