The Orioles have placed shortstop Jose Iglesias on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to August 16) due to a left quad injury, the team announced. Infielder Ramon Urias has been called up from the alternate training site to take Iglesias’ spot on the Baltimore roster.
Known as a defensive specialist over his eight seasons prior to 2020, Iglesias has almost doubled his 84 OPS+ from 2011-19 with a whopping 166 OPS+ through 58 plate appearances this season. Small sample size notwithstanding, Iglesias’ .400/.414/.564 slash line has been a key reason why the surprising Orioles are keeping pace in the playoff race with a 12-10 record.
Despite his production, Iglesias has been bothered by his quad all season. He hasn’t played since last Saturday, so clearly the Orioles felt an IL stint was necessary to get the veteran shortstop fully recovered.
Andrew Velazquez has been filling in at short in Iglesias’ absence, and Urias could also help in this regard given his experience at all four infield positions. A longtime veteran of both the Mexican League and 298 minor league games in the Rangers’ and Cardinals’ farm systems, the 26-year-old Urias is on the verge of his first Major League appearance. Urias hit .263/.369/.424 with nine homers over 375 PA with the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate in 2019.
speaking of Urias…
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good as claimed, but i bet he doesnt even get to waivers and is traded instead.
Tough loss for Baltimore. Iglesias has been the cog that has kept the O’s offense rolling. Hope he gets back soon and continues to rake. I love seeing Baltimore competitive based on the dim preseason forecasts. Really pulling for both the O’s and the Marlins to make the playoffs this year.
Why hasn’t Mountcastle been called up yet? Can anyone tell me? Is Chris Davis being on this lineup keeping him from being called up? I just don’t get it, and it’s beginning to become suspicious of what Elias wants from this ball club: to remain a losing bunch for high draft picks. Change my mind someone. Please!
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I can’t change your mind Frank, because I agree with you. The only reason I can come up with is the O’s are trying to deal Nunez at the deadline in-hopes he can bring a half-decent return. Then Mountcastle comes up. I would have cut bait and ate the Davis contract.
My scenario is a far reach.