Plagued by injuries, the Orioles dropped two-of-three agaisnt the Texas Rangers this week. After Baltimore won the series opener Tuesday, the Orioles struggled to finish on the right side of the score, with an injury-filled 12-inning 2-1 loss Wednesday and a 4-3 loss Thursday.
Outfielder Trey Mancini homered in his first at-bat Thursday, after being moved to designated hitter due to a sore left foot. (He was hit in the foot and fouled a ball off the same foot on Wednesday).
Fellow outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. left Thursday's contest early with a possible concussion, shortly after he collided with the left-field wall while nabbing Rougned Odor of extra bases in the fourth inning.
Catcher Pedro Severino left Wednesday's contest in the first inning, after a foul tip hit his mask. There are no signs of a concussion, according to the team, which referred to Severino's injury as a "head contusion."
In the fifth, second baseman Jonathan Villar left the game due to right thumb soreness from a slide on Wednesday.
The third player to leave Wednesday's game due to an injury, outfielder DJ Stewart exited in the sixth with a sprained right ankle, after he collided with third baseman Hanser Alberto earlier in the game on a foul ball. As a result, Baltimore recalled Stevie Wilkerson from Triple-A Norfolk.
Southpaw starter John Means allowed only one run in his six-inning outing Wednesday, enabling the Orioles' ninth-inning comeback to force extras before Baltimore's eventual 2-1 loss to Texas. In his last six starts, Means has allowed no more than three runs an outing.
Richie Martin went yard for his second homer of the season, a game-tying homer in the ninth on Wednesday. The shortstop also walked twice on the day, his first walks since May 1.
Earlier this week, Baltimore selected catcher Adley Rutschman with the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. A catcher at Oregon State, Rutschman has hit over .400 in his last two seasons as a Beaver.
OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Possible concussion, TBD
C Pedro Severino: Head contusion, day-to-day
2B Jonathan Villar: Right thumb soreness, day-to-day
OF DJ Stewart: Right ankle sprain, 10-day injured list
Friday 6/7: Orioles vs. Astros, 8:10 p.m., Minute Maid Park
Saturday 6/8: Orioles vs. Astros, 4:10 p.m., Minute Maid Park
Sunday 6/9: Orioles vs. Astros, 2:10 p.m., Minute Maid Park
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