It is no secret that the Baltimore Orioles are going through a rebuilding era and attempting to capitalize on the youth on their roster. Well, that strategy took a hit on Wednesday as starting outfielder Austin Hays was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a left hamstring strain.
Austin Hays Injury Update
Hays suffered the injury a few days ago and had been sitting on the bench ever since. Losing his production at the plate will be tough as he is hitting .252/.319/.455 on the season with 24 runs scored and 15 RBI so far. He has also hit five home runs through his first 33 games of the season.
It isn't clear yet whether Hays will need more than the allotted ten days to recover, but the Orioles called up Ryan McKenna to take his place on the active roster. It is expected that reserve outfielder DJ Stewart will now take over the starting role in left field until Hays is back.
Hays is only 25 years old and could be a cornerstone of the Orioles turnaround given his ability to get on base and play above-average defense in the outfield. For now, Baltimore will keep on fighting what seems to be an uphill battle in a well-rounded AL East division.
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