Westburg batting cleanup tonight in Oakland (updated with notes)

OAKLAND – The Orioles primarily right-handed lineup tonight against Athletics left-hander Ken Waldichuk includes Ryan McKenna in right field and Jordan Westburg playing second base and batting cleanup.

McKenna was recalled today from Triple-A Norfolk, with Aaron Hicks going on the 10-day injured list.

Westburg is making his cleanup debut. He’s the 11th player to bat fourth this season.

Anthony Santander is out of the lineup after leaving last night’s game with “general soreness,” per manager Brandon Hyde.

Gunnar Henderson moves down to third in the order. James McCann is catching.

A win allows the Orioles to claim their 24th series.

Left-hander Cole Irvin makes his return to Oakland. His only career appearance against them came on April 13, when he allowed six runs in four innings and was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Brent Rooker hit a three-run homer.

For the Orioles
Adley Rutschman DH
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Gunnar Henderson 3B
Jordan Westburg 2B
Austin Hays LF
Cedric Mullins CF
James McCann C
Ryan McKenna RF
Jorge Mateo SS

Cole Irvin LHP

For the Athletics
Esteury Ruiz CF
Zack Gelof 2B
Carlos Pérez 1B
Brent Rooker RF
Aledmys Díaz LF
Jordan Díaz DH
Jonah Bride 3B
Shea Langeliers C
Nick Allen SS

Ken Waldichuk LHP

Update: Manager Brandon Hyde said Hicks is shut down, perhaps for a couple weeks, with a lower-back strain.

"First day he comes back, gets a couple hits, and feels a little bit of back spasms there on that last at-bat," Hyde said. "It was progressing and getting a little bit better every single day, but not quite making the progress that we were hoping."

Santander is day-to-day with back soreness, something he's been dealing with for most of the season. He gets regular treatments on his back.

"Hopefully, he'll be OK later on tonight or tomorrow," Hyde said.

"Everybody's dealing with a lot of things right now. We've got a lot of bad backs. Heat pads are on the backs right now. It's the middle of August and they've played a lot of baseball. We've got bumps and bruises everywhere."

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