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Baltimore Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander (elbow) is back in the lineup on Sunday for the series finale against the Texas Rangers. Santander missed Saturday's contest with elbow soreness, per manager Brandon Hyde. The issue must not be too serious and he's starting in right field and batting cleanup against Texas starter Cody Bradford.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander is not in the lineup on Saturday against the Texas Rangers. This is just a day off for the 28-year-old slugger who should be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Texas. Ryan McKenna is starting in right field in his place and batting eighth against Andrew Heaney.
The Baltimore Orioles optioned rookie right-hander Grayson Rodriguez to Triple-A Norfolk after Friday's game and recalled left-hander Keegan Akin from Norfolk in a corresponding move. Rodriguez has really struggled this month and is now 2-2 with a 7.35 ERA (5.94 FIP), 1.72 WHIP, 21 walks and 56 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings over his first 10 major-league starts. In five starts in May, he has an 11.14 ERA (9.43 FIP) with 10 walks, 22 strikeouts and 11 home runs allowed in 21 innings. The 23-year-old prospect will surely be back in Baltimore's rotation this year, but they'd like to see him go down to the farm and work on some things. Fantasy managers should be stashing Rodriguez everywhere and not jettisoning him to the waiver wire. Akin is likely to take Rodriguez's spot in the rotation for now.
According to Orioles general manager Mike Elias, starting pitcher John Means (elbow, back) suffered a setback. The 30-year-old had been working his way back from Tommy John surgery, recently throwing bullpen sessions. However, he's now burdened by a muscle strain in his scapula area, delaying his return until July. Of course, Means wasn't the most enticing fantasy option when he was healthy. But the left-hander is still worth monitoring once he's healthy, especially for fantasy managers dealing with injuries.
Baltimore Orioles reliever Dillon Tate (elbow) will remain on the 15-day injured list. The right-hander was battling a forearm flexor strain and recently finished a rehab assignment. Unfortunately, he's now dealing with an elbow stress reaction and was shut down as a result. Tate finished the 2022 season with a 4-4 record and a 3.05 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 57 holds in 67 games. However, considering the latest update, nobody can fault any fantasy manager that drops him from the roster.