Injuries are a perennial variable that every team attempts to plan for, but it is ultimately impossible to fully safeguard against.
The Orioles are intimately familiar with that right now. As the team continues to exceed expectations, they now have to wrangle with some high profile bumps and bruises.
By far the most important injury has happened to centerfielder Cedric Mullins. Arguably the team’s most important player, Mullins exited a game over the weekend with a quad injury. Thankfully, it does not appear to be too serious, but the star outfielder will still be sidelined for several weeks at least.
Elsewhere, the pitching crunch is real. In the same week that rookie Grayson Rodriguez was demoted for poor play, the O’s also found out that two veterans they were depending on for return later this summer could still be a ways away.
John Means, the potential ace of this thin starting staff, suffered a setback in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The setback was in his back, not his surgically-repaired elbow. That’s good news, but it will still push his return beyond the originally anticipated July window.
In the bullpen, the O’s will be without Dillon Tate for a bit longer as he had a stress reaction during his own rehab from an off-season injury. The Orioles reliever group is doing just fine in its current state, but Tate would nonetheless boost a back-end crew that has started to see a few cracks in recent weeks.
The trade deadline is still two months away, but it is becoming ecident that Mike Elias and the team’s front office will need to bolster the roster in some significant way if they wish to buoy the playoff chances of this still-surging ball club.
The guys chat about all of this and more on the latest episode, plus some discussion of the City Connect jerseys, the addition of Aaron Hicks, and why G-Rod’s demotion was or was not deserved.
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