NEW YORK—Nine days after he strained his right hamstring, Hyun Soo Kim was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Kim, who hit during Darren O’Day’s simulated game on Tuesday afternoon, can return on July 26. His DL is retroactive to July 11.
The Orioles were hoping Kim’s injury would enable him to play shortly, but Wednesday is the deadline for them to backdate his DL stint.
“We were out here with them today and it’s just inching little by little. Obviously, we’ve been playing short waiting on him because he’s worth waiting on, but we’re like a week away now with a backdate and hopefully we can get that resolved in the next week,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“You’re running the risk of every time testing having a setback. We just got to the point where it wasn’t making the improvements we were hoping it would make. We waited, what, eight or nine days, so it’s time.”
The Orioles purchased the contract of outfielder Julio Borbon from Bowie. The 30-year-old Borbon had been in the Orioles organization since 2014, but hasn’t played in the major leagues since Aug. 2, 2013.
“He was the guy who best fit what our needs were going to be. He’s got experience. He’s played in these ballparks. It’s not like this is something new for him,” Showalter said. “He’s had a great month. He’s been real hot.”
Borbon was the regular center fielder on the 2010 Texas Rangers who played in the World Series. He was drafted in the Triple-A version of the Rule 5 draft in Dec. 2013 and spent 2014 and 2015 with Norfolk.
This year, Borbon is hitting .289 with five home runs and 20 RBIs for the Baysox. For the third straight year, Borbon signed a minor league contract with the Orioles, but didn’t do so this year until March.
The Orioles chose to promote Borbon over another left-handed hitter with major league experience, Henry Urrutia, who was also at Bowie. Urrutia has been designated for assignment.
Urrutia, a Cuban defector who was signed in July 2012 played 34 games with the Orioles in 2013 and 2015.
“I wouldn’t close the door on Henry. Henry’s hitting .300 down there…It was close. We had to take somebody off and we didn’t want to sacrifice any pitching, I would assume. The needs of the major league club are always a priority. Henry was and still is a good sign and if he clears, who knows? He may reemerge somewhere,” Showalter said.