Valaika had his contract selected among a flurry of roster moves that included Jorge Mateo going on the 60-day injured list with right lumbar inflammation.
Mateo tried to play through the soreness in his lower back and finally had to be shelved.
“Very disappointing because this guy was getting a chance to play in the big leagues, getting regular at-bats and we’re moving him around a little bit in the middle of the infield, and playing well,” manager Brandon Hyde said today.
“Loved the speed aspect, he’s incredibly athletic, got a little power. I know he’s disappointed because he was finally getting a chance to play and unfortunately we had to shut him down for the rest of the year. But somebody we’re excited about.”
With the season winding down, it made sense to put Mateo on the 60-day and open a spot for Valaika on the 40-man roster. Right now, there isn’t talk of Mateo needing a surgical procedure.
“You see him run, the burst of speed that he had when he first got here was not the same really the last week,” Hyde said.
Hyde doesn’t expect left-hander Tanner Scott to pitch again this season. Scott went on the 10-day injured list today with a left knee sprain.
Scott had the same ailment earlier this summer, going on the injured list Aug. 1. He registered a 2.78 ERA and 1.374 WHIP in the first half and a 9.82 ERA and 1.964 WHIP after the All-Star break. He was charged with six runs in one-third of an inning in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Blue Jays.
“I think it was affecting him,” Hyde said. “He felt like he didn’t have the same finish to his slider and if you watched his last outing, the fastball velo was the same, but he had a tough time burying the slider.
“Since that outing in Detroit, really he’s hasn’t quite been the same, and so we felt like it was the right thing to do for him to get off his feet, and his season is probably over as well.”
Ryan Mountcastle is batting second and needs one more home run to break Cal Ripken Jr.’s record of 28 home runs by a rookie in a single season.
Left-hander Bruce Zimmermann will pitch Saturday at Double-A Bowie on an injury rehab assignment.
Reliever Hunter Harvey, on the 60-day injured list with a right triceps strain, threw a light bullpen session this afternoon.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Anthony Santander RF
Trey Mancini DH
Austin Hays LF
Ramón Urías 2B
Pedro Severino C
Pat Valaika SS
Kelvin Gutiérrez 3B
Alexander Wells LHP
For the Yankees
DJ LeMahieu 3B
Aaron Judge CF
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Giancarlo Stanton LF
Luke Voit DH
Joey Gallo RF
Gleyber Torres 2B
Gio Urshela SS
Kyle Higashioka C
Gerrit Cole RHP