MINNEAPOLIS – Infielder Ramón Urías is expected to begin his injury rehab assignment tonight with Double-A Bowie.
Urías hasn’t played since June 9 due to a strained left oblique. Jonathan Araúz and Tyler Nevin are handling third base, and Richie Martin is available to share second base duties with Rougned Odor.
Starter Kyle Bradish threw on flat ground yesterday without any discomfort in his right shoulder, and he’ll have a bullpen session Sunday morning.
“Encouraged by both of those things,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “Good to see Kyle start to get ramped up a little bit, going through his throwing progression, and Ramón in some game action.”
“Hopefully there aren’t any setbacks and he stays healthy during his rehab assignment.”
Trey Mancini returns to the lineup after pinch-hitting last night. The Orioles gave Mancini time to let the cortisone injection calm the discomfort in his right hand.
“He told me after the game that it felt really good swinging in the cage during the game and during that pinch-hit at-bat,” Hyde said. “Wants to be in there today, happy to have him in there.”
Hyde said he might speak with Jorge López after the reliever expressed his disappointment last night in letting down the team by surrendering Byron Buxton’s walk-off home run – the first homer allowed by López this season in 37 innings.
López is new to this role, which leaves the club checking how he responds to a dramatic failure.
“Those types of things are going to happen to the best closers in the game,” Hyde said. “It’s one of those things. He has been so good this year, he has nothing to be down about. I’ll make sure I let him know that, but those things happen, and he’s had an incredible season for far this year. He’s pitched in some of our biggest moments, and has had so much success this year, I don’t want one tough night getting him down because he’s pitching so well.”
“Just a slider that he might have caught a little too much of the plate to a guy who’s got huge power and bat to ball skills. We’ll move on to today. We get a save situation, he’ll be in there.”
Orioles starters have posted a 2.13 ERA in 14 games since June 16, second-best in the majors behind the Astros’ 2.11.
Cedric Mullins is hitting .409/.458/.750 (18-for-44) with three doubles, four home runs and a 1.208 OPS in the third inning this season, the highest average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS in the majors. Also the most hits with a minimum 40 at-bats. He’s batting .233 (61-for-262) in the other innings combined.
Hyde didn’t elaborate on last night’s ejection by plate umpire Ramon De Jesus and expressed confidence that the incident is behind both parties. Hyde said last night that there was a “disrespectful exchange” last night between De Jesus and the Orioles’ dugout, and it became heated on the field.