John Means returns to O's rotation after IL stint

John Means

The first Orioles pitcher to throw a no-hitter in half a century is returning to the rotation on Tuesday. 

John Means is set to return to the mound on Tuesday for Baltimore's second leg of their doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays after six weeks on the injured list with left shoulder soreness

Means left the first inning of the Orioles' loss on June 5 against Cleveland and has spent the time since recovering. A month and five starts earlier, Means became just the sixth Oriole to throw a no-hitter when he blanked the Mariners in Seattle. 

It was the exclamation point on a tremendous first half of the season throwing for Means, going 4-2 in 12 starts with a 2.28 ERA while also leading the American League in Wins Above Replacement upon the time of his injury. 

Baltimore's lefty ace's return comes 11 days before the July 30 MLB trade deadline, though the Orioles would have to receive a big haul to allow their homegrown star to leave.