Baltimore Orioles place left-hander John Means in IL. More tests on the elbow are expected

BALTIMORE — Baltimore OriolesPut John MeansFriday's 10-day injured list will be filled by the left-hander, who is expected to undergo additional tests for his elbow.

Means suffered a left elbow strain, the Orioles announced. Brandon Hyde, the manager, said that Means had a left elbow strain. He added that there are more tests to determine the cause.

Hyde stated, “We don’t possess much experience in our rotating, and losing your first day starter – don’t know what the timeframe will be but for some period of time – it’s going be difficult.”

Means, who will turn 29 in the next month, was removed after the fourth inning on Wednesday night. He has allowed three runs in eight inning in his two starts this season.

Means was a bright spot for a Baltimore team that ranked last among the majors in ERA last season. Means went 6-9 with a 3.62 ERA. He also threw a no hitter against Seattle in May.

The Orioles have signed Travis Lakins (right-hander, Triple-A Norfolk) and Travis Lakins (left-hander). Kevin SmithWas cleared waivers and assigned by Norfolk

According to MLB Pipeline, the Orioles boast the best pitching prospect in baseball: Grayson Rodriguez has made two starts this season at Norfolk. Hyde stated that he doesn’t anticipate the injury to Means will affect the promotion timeline for the organization’s prospects.

Hyde said, “I wouldn’t want to rush prospects to the big leagues.” “When prospects feel ready to go, we will welcome them,” Hyde said.

Means' IL action is retroactive to Thursday.

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