The Orioles were bitten by the injury bug early in camp, as they lost both pitcher Ty Blach and infielder Richie Martin for the season.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde confirmed Monday that Blach will have Tommy John surgery and Martin will have wrist surgery, which will sideline him for two to three months.
“Richie and Ty Blach, they’re both having surgery on Wednesday,” Hyde said on a conference call Monday afternoon. “Richie on his right wrist. Ty Blach is having Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.”
Blach, a left-handed pitcher, made his major league debut in 2016 as a member of the Giants.
Last season in Baltimore, the 29-year-old threw in five games (all starts). He contributed 20 ⅔ innings pitched, posted a WHIP of 2.177 and an ERA of 11.32. He allowed 32 hits and six home runs with 17 strikeouts.
Recovery time for Tommy John Surgery is typically longer than a year, meaning Blach will be sidelined for this season as well as the majority — if not all — of next season.
‘I just talked to Ty, and it’s awful for both of them,” Hyde said. “I felt really badly. Ty put himself in a really nice position, he’s been working really hard these last three months and he’s never been on the IL before in his career. To just feel something wrong in the second inning of an intersquad and it turns out to be Tommy John surgery, your heart goes out to him for the work he’s put in.”
Martin will likely miss the entire 2020 season, with his recovery expected to be two-to-three months. The regular season ends on Sept. 27.
Martin, 25, slashed .208/.260/.322 with 59 hits in 120 games last year for the Orioles. He made 89 starts at shortstop and posted a fielding percentage of .971.
In 11 games of spring training this year, he slashed .286/.333/.536 with eight hits in 30 plate appearances. He also had seven RBIs.
“I loved the swing adjustments he was making,” Hyde said. “I just like the way Richie plays. He plays with energy, he comes to play every day, he’s an ultra-pro and it’s going to be tough not to have him.”
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