The Orioles are down another position player with Ryan Mountcastle going on the 10-day injured list this afternoon with a left wrist/forearm strain. The move is retroactive to Wednesday.
Reliever Jorge López has been reinstated from the bereavement list after missing the three-game series in St. Louis, giving the club a much-needed fresh arm.
Mountcastle was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup and unavailable to play yesterday. He’s batting .268/.299/.402 with three doubles, four home runs and 16 RBIs in 117 plate appearances.
Tonight’s lineup in Detroit doesn’t include outfielder Austin Hays, who sustained lacerations on the back of his left hand yesterday after Cardinals reliever Genesis Cabrera cleated him. Chris Owings is playing left field.
Ramón Urías also is on the bench again. He was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with abdominal discomfort, but so far has avoided the injured list.
Rougned Odor didn’t play yesterday due to a sinus issue, but he’s starting at second base tonight.
Tyler Nevin has replaced Mountcastle at first base. Rylan Bannon returns to third base.
Jorge Mateo is batting second for the second time in his career.
Jordan Lyles makes his seventh start tonight. He’s 2-2 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in 33 1/3 innings.
In his last two starts, both quality by definition, Lyles has allowed a combined three earned runs in 13 1/3 innings. His ERA was 5.40 before that stretch.
Lyles has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his starts this season.
Javier Baez is 1-for-13 with a triple and five strikeouts against Lyles. Tucker Barnhart is 4-for-11 with three doubles. Robbie Grossman is 3-for-8 with two home runs.
The Orioles are 3-0-1 in their last four series. They’ve won eight of their last 12 games.
The Tigers are going in the other direction, with three straight losses and nine in their last 10 games to sink deeper into last place in the American League Central at 9-23. They’re 6-13 at home.
Detroit has lost 16 of 19 and is one defeat away from matching last year’s 9-24 start.
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, the former Orioles’ minor leaguer, is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.156 WHIP in six starts. He has three quality starts in his last four outings.
Miguel Cabrera is a career .354/.443/.667 hitter in 80 games against the Orioles. He’s hit 25 of his 503 home runs against them.
Willi Castro is batting .325 (13-for-40) since being recalled from Triple-A Toledo last month.
The Orioles went 0-3 against the Tigers at home last year and 2-2 in Detroit. They haven’t swept the Tigers in a three-game series at Comerica Park since 2004.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Jorge Mateo SS
Trey Mancini DH
Anthony Santander RF
Tyler Nevin 1B
Rougned Odor 2B
Rylan Bannon 3B
Robinson Chirinos C
Chris Owings LF
Jordan Lyles RHP
Left-hander DL Hall’s next start for Triple-A Norfolk is Sunday against Memphis.
In Grayson Rodriguez’s 14 career starts with Adley Rutschman behind the plate, he’s 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and .161 average against. Rodriguez has walked 22 batters and struck out 93.
For the Tigers
Robbie Grossman RF
Javier Baez SS
Miguel Cabrera DH
Jeimer Candelario 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Willie Castro LF
Spencer Torkelson 1B
Tucker Barnhart C
Derek Hill CF
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP
MASNsports.com’s Brendan Mortensen is in Detroit. I’ll rejoin the team Monday at Camden Yards.