Means starting tonight in Kansas City

John Means has been reinstated from the family medical emergency list and is starting tonight in Kansas City, where he attended games as a kid.

The native of Olathe, Kan., left the team Sunday after holding the Rays to one run over seven innings the previous night. The Orioles kept the matter private out of respect for Means and his family.

Reliever Tayler Scott was optioned yesterday to Triple-A Norfolk, opening a spot on the active roster that Means is filling.

John-Means-Delivers-at-TEX-Gray-Sidebar.jpgMeans has allowed three earned runs in his last two starts over 12 innings, walking two batters and striking out 11. He faced the Royals on Aug. 19 in Baltimore and allowed two earned runs and three total in five innings.

Left-hander Eric Skoglund, a Sarasota, Fla., native, made his first start and appearance of the season Sunday in Cleveland and allowed two runs and two hits with three walks in five innings. He’s 2-8 with a 5.90 ERA and 1.419 WHIP in 22 major league games over parts of three seasons.

Skoglund started against the Orioles on May 9, 2018 at Camden Yards and allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Chris Davis hit a three-run homer.

Jorge Soler’s 37 home runs are one shy of Mike Moustakas’ club record set in 2017.

Meanwhile, discussions continue with Major League Baseball regarding the series against the Rays that’s set to begin Monday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla.

No changes have been made at this point despite the pending arrival of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to grow into a Category 4 storm.

Options beyond playing at Tropicana Field include finding a neutral site, with Houston a strong consideration per the Tampa Bay Times. However, the Rays apparently expect their homestand, which starts tonight, to remain in its current capacity.

Here’s the article that provides the latest update.

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