Orioles place Hicks on injured list with hamstring strain (plus notes and lineup)

PHILADELPHIA – The Orioles have put outfielder Aaron Hicks on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain and recalled Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Ryan McKenna.

Hicks was removed from last night’s game with hamstring cramping after diving for a fly ball. He underwent testing to determine whether he had a strain.

Cedric Mullins is on the injured list with a right adductor groin strain, and Hicks joins him after batting .252/.349/.435 with four doubles, a triple, six home runs and 20 RBIs in 42 games since the Orioles signed him on May 30.

McKenna batted .253/.315/.392 in 62 games with the Orioles. He’s hitting .217/.294/.500 with two doubles, a triple and three home runs in 12 games with Norfolk.

Colton Cowser could start in center field tonight against Phillies right-hander Taijuan Walker.

Cowser’s RBI double last night in the ninth inning was his first extra-base hit in the majors.

* Kyle Gibson is back in Philly to face his former team.

Gibson spent 1 ½ seasons with the Phillies, appearing in the 2022 World Series, before signing a one-year, $10 million deal with the Orioles. He’s made 10 quality starts and is 9-6 with a 4.76 ERA and 1.355 WHIP in 21 games.

Gibson’s 124 hits allowed are tied with Kansas City’s Brady Singer for most in the American League.

Nick Castellanos is 10-for-43 (.233) with three doubles and two home runs against Gibson.

Walker is 11-4 with a 4.11 ERA and 1.258 WHIP in 20 starts after signing a four-year, $72 million contract in December. He registered a 1.50 ERA and 0.889 WHIP in six starts in June, and has a 5.00 ERA and 1.389 WHIP in three starts this month.

Walker has a 2.76 ERA and 1.041 WHIP in nine home starts, and a 5.25 ERA and 1.440 WHIP in 11 road starts.

The Orioles have faced Walker eight times in his career. He’s 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 1.091 WHIP in 44 innings.

Kyle Schwarber has posted a .512 average and hit 10 of his 26 home runs on the first pitch, per STATS.

Trea Turner batted .296 against off-speed pitches last season but is hitting .192 this year.

* DL Hall tossed a scoreless and hitless inning today in the Florida Complex League. He walked a batter and struck out two.

Hall was in Sarasota on a program to build strength and regain his velocity.

* Pitcher Kyle Brnovich, recovered from Tommy John surgery, has joined Double-A Bowie on his injury rehab assignment.

* The Orioles are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their 1983 World Series championship team with a special pregame ceremony on Aug. 5.

Among the returning players are Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr., Jim Palmer and Eddie Murray. The first 20,000 fans 15 and over will receive a Murray 1983 World Series bobblehead.

More than 20 members of the team will gather at Camden Yards, including Mike Boddicker, Al Bumbry, Storm Davis, Rick Dempsey, Dan Ford, Glenn Gulliver, Tito Landrum, Dennis Martinez, Tippy Martinez, Scott McGregor, Paul Mirabella, Dan Morogiello, Allan Ramirez, Gary Roenicke, Lenn Sakata, John Shelby, Ken Singleton, John Stefero and Bill Swaggerty.

Murray and other Orioles from 1983 will participate in a clinic at Camden Yards for 50 local Baltimore City youths from The Weinberg Y in Waverly, providing instruction on the fundamentals of baseball.

* The Orioles will play their first spring training game on Feb. 24 against the Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium.

The schedule includes 16 home games, eight on the weekend.

Nine different opponents will play the Orioles, who face the Rays and Blue Jays four times, the Red Sox three times and the Yankees twice.

The Pirates face the Orioles six times, including three in Bradenton. The Braves, Tigers, Twins and Phillies will visit Ed Smith Stadium.

The road schedule includes three games against the Braves, two against the Blue Jays, Rays and Twins, and one against the Phillies, Red Sox, Tigers and Yankees.

Report dates and game times will be announced later.

Here's the schedule.

Update: Cowser is in center field and batting eighth.

For the Orioles
Gunnar Henderson SS
Adley Rutschman C
Anthony Santander RF
Ryan O'Hearn 1B
Ryan Mountcastle DH
Adam Frazier 2B
Austin Hays LF
Colton Cowser CF
Jordan Westburg 3B

Kyle Gibson RHP

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