There's no way around it: the 2021 MLB season hasn't been kind to the Baltimore Orioles. With a 28-59 record, the Orioles certainly haven't given their fans much to cheer about and are, essentially, just playing for experience in the second half of the season. Nevertheless, Orioles fans do have something to be happy about in the form of the latest John Means injury update.
The 28-year-old left-handed pitcher was one of the Orioles' bright spots this year before going down in early June with a shoulder injury. However, Means has been rehabbing his injury with Double-A Bowie and could make his MLB return in the upcoming weeks.
John Means Injury Update
Means already made his first Double-A start with Bowie on Friday. He ended up pitching in three innings, giving up 5 hits for 4 runs while also striking out three batters. It may not be the most impressive stat line, but it shows that the 2019 MLB All-Star is one step closer to returning to Baltimore's rotation.
As of now, the plan is for Means to make one more rehab start before being reinstated by the Orioles in time for the club's three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays beginning on Monday, July 19. Regardless of whenever he does return, Baltimore would be thrilled if he hasn't lost a step. Before landing on the IL, Means was 4-2 through 12 starts in 2021 while recording a 2.28 ERA and 0.831 WHIP in 71.0 innings pitched.
In the meantime, the Orioles have their own game on Saturday to focus on as they're set to face the Chicago White Sox in Baltimore at 4:05 p.m. EST. The White Sox are favored to win at -225 odds while the Orioles are the +188 underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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