Outfield prospect Heston Kjerstad has yet to play a professional game since being drafted by the Orioles second overall last summer. His debut is going to have to wait a little longer after Baltimore GM Mike Elias announced Wednesday that Kjerstad has experienced “reoccurring heart inflammation” due to myocarditis.
While myocarditis is a condition that has emerged as a side effect of COVID-19, neither the Orioles nor Kjerstad have confirmed publicly that he contracted the coronavirus. Elias didn’t offer a timetable for Kjerstad’s return, saying only that he feels the setback will be just a “bump in the road” toward his recovery.
In addition to Kjerstad, Elias also offered an update on pitching prospect DL Hall. The 22-year-old left-hander felt soreness in his arm after his last start. An MRI showed no structural damage but he was diagnosed with tendinitis. Elias expects him to miss the next few weeks.
The Orioles have finished with a losing record for five straight seasons, twice finishing with over 100 losses. They entered play Wednesday with a 22-44 record, putting them on pace to finish with the second-worst record in the majors.