The Orioles began their homestand with a roster move today, activating infielder Ramón Urías from the 10-day injured list and optioning infielder Richie Martin to Triple-A Norfolk.
Urías returns from a strained left oblique. He appeared in two rehab games at Double-A Bowie and went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts.
Martin has gone 5-for-30 with two triples and 10 strikeouts with the Orioles. He started at shortstop yesterday in Minnesota.
Urías is on the bench for today’s game against the Rangers. Jonathan Araúz is the third baseman, Jorge Mateo is the shortstop and Rougned Odor is starting at second base.
Fourteen of Odor’s last 22 hits since May 20 have gone for extra bases. He hit a home run yesterday on the ninth pitch of his at-bat, the longest of his career that resulted in a homer.
Austin Hays is in left field and batting sixth. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter, staying in the lineup despite the soreness in his right hand and elbow.
Adley Rutschman is catching and trying to heat up again at the plate. He’s in an 0-for-18 slump since his home run in Seattle.
Dean Kremer has made five starts and posted a 1.29 ERA and 1.143 WHIP in 28 innings. His last three starts have resulted in 18 2/3 scoreless innings.
In his only career start against the Rangers, Kremer allowed one run and struck out six batters in 4 2/3 innings in Arlington.
Right-hander Dane Dunning, the Nationals’ first-round pick in 2016 out of the University of Florida, is 1-6 with a 4.09 ERA and 1.341 WHIP in 16 starts. He’s hit seven batters, which is tied for the most in the American League.
The Rangers are 37-40 and tied for second place in the AL West. They’ve lost three of their last four games.
The Orioles split a four-game series against the Rangers last season at Camden Yards and won two of three games in Texas.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Trey Mancini DH
Anthony Santander RF
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Adley Rutschman C
Austin Hays LF
Rougned Odor 2B
Jonathan Araúz 3B
Jorge Mateo SS
Dean Kremer RHP
For the Rangers
Josh H. Smith 3B
Marcus Semien 2B
Corey Seager SS
Adolis García RF
Nathaniel Lowe 1B
Mitch Garver DH
Steven Duggar LF
Leody Taveras CF
Meibrys Viloria C
Dane Dunning RHP
I'm flying back from Minnesota today and Steve Melewski is handling game coverage.