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Baltimore Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart (knee) was placed on the 60-day injured list on Tuesday. He is slated to undergo surgery on his right knee and he will miss the remainder of the 2021 season. According to multiple sources, he is expected to be ready for Spring Training in 2022. Stewart had reportedly been dealing with knee soreness during much of the second half of the year. Over 100 games on the season, he slashed .204/.324/.374 with 12 home runs, 33 RBI and 39 runs. Ryan McKenna could see a bump in playing time with Stewart out.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Ellis (arm) is dealing with arm fatigue and he will not be making his scheduled start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. The team will go with a bullpen game on Tuesday instead. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde told the media that Ellis is being pushed back "a couple of days." The 28-year-old right-hander has pitched well since being claimed off waivers in late August. Over five starts, he's posted a 2.82 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. However, he hasn't pitched past the fifth inning in any of his starts with the Orioles yet and he's averaging just 5.6 K/9.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins isn't in the lineup on Monday for a matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies and left-hander Ranger Suarez. The 26-year-old is hitting .301 with a .368 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, and 30 stolen bases in 629 plate appearances. He'll get the day off on Monday with Ryan McKenna hitting fifth and starting in center field. McKenna is hitting .185 with a .295 on-base percentage, a pair of home runs, and a stolen base in 158 plate appearances this season. Fantasy managers are probably better off looking elsewhere for streaming help.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays made his one hit count in Thursday's 3-2 extra-innings win over the Yankees, going 1-for-5 with an RBI single to win the game and a strikeout. Hays came to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning with one out and the bases loaded. With the infield in, he was able to chop a 3-1 offering through the left side of the infield to bring the winning run to the plate. The 26-year-old has had a fantastic September, slashing .293/.339/.690 with six home runs and 15 RBI. The O's upcoming matchups aren't the best, but Hays is a viable option as a spark plug for fantasy managers' lineups late in the season.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and two strikeouts in Thursday's 3-2 extra-innings win over the Yankees. Mountcastle demolished a sixth-inning Jordan Montgomery pitch over the center-field wall for his 29th HR of the season. The 24-year-old now holds the O's record for most HR by a rookie. He has ended up being a fantasy contributor after a slow start to the season and owns a .261/.311/.496 slash line with 81 RBI. It looks like Mountcastle will definitely be a fantasy asset down the stretch for this season and potentially for many more to come.