Urías has been bothered by soreness in his right leg, which takes him in and out of the lineup.
Kriske, 27, was a sixth-round pick in 2016 out of USC who made eight relief appearances for the Yankees this summer and allowed 13 earned runs (14 total) and 12 hits in 7 2/3 innings. He walked six batters and struck out seven. But he’s registered a 2.36 ERA and 1.070 WHIP in four minor league seasons, with 176 strikeouts in 133 2/3 innings.
Kriske’s major league debut came against the Orioles on July 29, 2020, and he tossed a scoreless ninth inning with one walk and two strikeouts, his same numbers when he faced them again in the second game of a Sept. 11 doubleheader in New York.
“We got Kriske off waivers, we’re excited about that,” Hyde said. “Just seen him briefly. He’s got a great arm. I think command was a little bit of an issue in New York, but somebody they thought highly of and we’re hoping that we can help him and he can stick with us.”
The Orioles selected Thomas Eshelman’s contract from Norfolk. He’s in the bullpen for now, with the possibility of making a start later if needed.
“Eshelman, we added to give us some length out of the bullpen,” Hyde said.
Alexander Wells is starting this afternoon and trying not to present the exact same look as Zac Lowther, who pitched yesterday and allowed three runs in the first inning before retiring eight in a row.
“I don’t think it would matter if it was the next day or two days or three days, to be honest with you,” Hyde said. “They’re both left-handed, they don’t have plus-plus velocity, but you need to make pitches and that’s just who they are, and for them to stick in the big leagues and be able to pitch up here, they’re going to have to have really good command.
“Zac was in the middle part of the plate in the first inning yesterday, got hit around, and the second and third were better. We’re hoping that Alex can pitch like Zac did in the second and third inning today.”
John Means is the only starter listed for the three-game series in Philadelphia. He starts Monday night.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Anthony Santander LF
Trey Mancini DH
Austin Hays RF
Pedro Severino C
Pat Valaika 2B
Kelvin Gutiérrez 3B
Richie Martin SS
Alexander Wells LHP