Brian Roberts quietly returned to Baltimore, and has reported to Aberdeen where hes scheduled to play two rehab games.Roberts has been on the disabled list since July 3, and after seeing several doctors, decided against surgery on his right hip and went the rehabilitation route instead.He spent time in Sarasota, Fla., and in recent days, manager Buck Showalter hasnt included him on his medical reports.Hes been doing baseball activities full-fledged down there. Hes been hitting off the machine, Showalter said. Hes turning double plays, moving around.Roberts played 17 games after his nearly 13-month recovery from his second concussion and batted .182 with five RBIs. All 12 of his hits are singles.It would mean a lot to get him back and operating at the level we know hes capable of, Showalter said.In Roberts absence, Nick Markakis has been an effective leadoff batter, hitting .359 in 15 games. Showalter said he wouldnt make a judgment on who would bat first.Thats a fair question, but Im going to wait and answer it after two days in Aberdeen, Showalter said. Hes had the most experience, and Nicks capable of hitting anywhere in our order in my mind where Brians not.When the Orioles go to New York on Monday, there may be some interesting roster decisions.Obviously, a nice addition to get him and Robert Andino back, Showalter said.Andino will play two games at Norfolk on Sunday and Monday to test his left shoulder. Hes eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday.
Trey Mancini, the Orioles' only hope at an All-Star, exited Baltimore's matinee against Oakland in the top of the first on Wednesday, after he was struck on the left elbow by a 92-mph fastball from the Athletics' starter Chris Bassitt.
Baltimore's Chris Davis pinch-ran for Mancini, who left the game almsot immediately after being hit.
Baltimore announced on Twitter that Mancini exited the game with a left elbow contusion.
Mancini, the Orioles' first baseman and outfielder, was a bright spot in a rather lackluster Baltimore lineup.
The only Oriole with a real chance at an All-Star selection, Mancini is batting .304 in 70 games and leads Baltimore with 84 hits, 18 doubles and 16 homers.
The 27 year-old also has one of the highest slugging percentages on the Orioles (.558).
Fans reacted with anguish on Twitter after Mancini exited the game.
Trey Mancini got hurt? pic.twitter.com/7yJhu1Bhiv— Connor Newcomb (@ConnorNewcomb_) June 19, 2019
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In his first rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk, Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts and groundouts each. Smith Jr. played all 8.5 innings of Norfolk’s loss to the RailRiders.
In 5 and ⅓ innings pitched against Oakland Tuesday night, Gabriel Ynoa gave up seven hits and six runs (three home runs). He surfaces with a 5.65 ERA in five starts and nine relief appearances.
Rio Ruiz has sunk from starting third baseman to potential DFA candidate. Ruiz went 0-for-3 against the A’s on Tuesday and has gone 9-for-58 in nearly one month (since May 21).
RHP Josh Lucas (shoulder): 10-day IL, out indefinitely
OF Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion): 7-day IL, set to return June 20
OF DJ Stewart (ankle): 10-day IL, out indefinitely
SP Alex Cobb (back): 60-day IL, returns in 2020
SP Nate Karns (arm): 60-day IL, out indefinitely
DH Mark Trumbo (knee): 60-day IL, out indefinitely
Wednesday, 6/19: Orioles @ Athletics, 3:37 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Thursday, 6/20: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park
Friday, 6/21: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park
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