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The Baltimore Orioles placed rookie right-hander Kyle Bradish (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list on Friday with right shoulder inflammation and recalled right-hander Marcos Diplan from Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding move. Bradish's IL placement is retroactive to June 21. The 25-year-old hasn't been very good in his first 10 major league starts -- 7.38 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, 11 homers allowed in 46 1/3 innings -- but he's been particularly bad recently for Baltimore in a starting role. Perhaps Bradish can work out some of his kinks during his minor league rehab assignment, but he's obviously not a starter that fantasy managers need to be stashing in deep mixed leagues while he's sidelined. It's unclear who will take his rotation spot in Baltimore.
Baltimore Orioles reliever Jorge Lopez picked up a two-out save on Thursday to close out his team's 4-0 win over the White Sox. The 29-year-old entered the frame with runners on first and second, but he was able to strike out both Tim Anderson and Andrew Vaughn on a combined seven pitches to end the contest. It was Lopez's 12th save of the campaign as he's putting together a superb season with a microscopic 0.77 ERA and 0.83 WHIP with 36 punchouts through 35 IP. He's proved to be one of the few bright spots for the O's pitching staff this season, and will keep a stranglehold on the ninth inning job as long as he stays healthy.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dean Kremer was sharp during Thursday's 4-0 win over the White Sox by allowing zero runs over 5 2/3 IP for his second win of the year. The right-hander allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out four in the 93-pitch effort to give him a 1.71 ERA and 1.24 WHIP through four starts this season. Kremer has had a good run since getting called up at the beginning of June, but his 4.76 xFIP suggests he's had a bit of luck in this small sample. He's also not missing many bats with 14 K through 21 IP, but he remains a player to keep an eye on with an upcoming road matchup versus the Mariners.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins isn't in the team's starting lineup on Wednesday for a matchup with the Washington Nationals and left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin. The 27-year-old is hitting .245 with a .303 on-base percentage, six home runs, and 15 stolen bases in 299 plate appearances this season. Instead, it'll be Austin Hays moving over to center field and batting leadoff against Corbin and the Nationals. Hays is hitting .276 with a .337 on-base percentage, nine home runs, and a stolen base in 267 plate appearances so far this season.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini (hand) is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday as the designated hitter, and he's hitting second against Washington Nationals right-hander Erick Fedde. Mancini has been out in four of the team's last six games due to right hand soreness, but he's back in there after Monday's off day. The 30-year-old has been solid on the season with a .283/.364/.416 slash line and six home runs and 25 RBI in 258 plate appearances, but Mancini is hitting just .208 (10-for-48) with three home runs and seven RBI in 13 games in the month of June. He's also struck out 14 times in 56 plate appearances. Hopefully, Mancini is finally past his hand issues.