Anthony Santander isn’t in the Orioles lineup today, and it seems as if the outfielder will miss his fifth consecutive spring game. Manager Brandon Hyde told MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko and other reporters that Santander has been bothered by a sore oblique, though Santander has still been working out and could potentially get back on the field as early as Monday.
Such a quick return would probably mean Santander is ready to roll for Opening Day, but the O’s are likely to be cautious considering that an oblique strain brought Santander’s 2020 season to an early end in September. The injury cut short a breakout year for the 26-year-old, as Santander hit .261/.315/.575 with 11 homers in 165 plate appearances.
More from around the American League…
- The Astros are looking for possible outfield or pitching additions as spring camps draw to a close, manager Dusty Baker told reporters (including Chandler Rome of The Houston Chronicle). While every team keeps an eye on other clubs’ cuts or waiver moves at this time of year, the Astros may be more inclined than usual to make a move, given both some recent absences due to COVID concerns and the fact that outfield depth was already something of an issue. Chas McCormick looks like the favorite for the fourth outfielder job, and Houston would have to make a 40-man move to include either Jose Siri or Bryan De La Cruz on the active roster. None of this trio has any MLB experience, and starting center fielder Myles Straw could be facing some time on the COVID-related injury list.
- Triston McKenzie, Cal Quantrill, and Logan Allen were all competing for the final two spots in the Indians’ rotation, and McKenzie and Allen have won the jobs, though their roles have yet to be specifically determined. (The Athletic’s Zack Meisel was among those to report the news.) McKenzie and Allen could be used in regular turns throughout the rotation, or the Tribe might use either in piggyback outings, or perhaps use an opener for an inning or two before giving way to McKenzie or Allen as the bulk pitcher. Quantrill might factor into this situation as well, since Quantrill also made the roster and will work out of the bullpen.
- Manager Aaron Boone announced the Yankees’ starting rotation for its first six games of the year, and Jameson Taillon won’t make his debut in the pinstripes until the sixth game. The intent, as Boone told The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler (Twitter links) and other reporters, is to ease Taillon back into action after the righty missed the entire 2020 season recovering from his second Tommy John procedure. New York will start Gerrit Cole in both the first and fifth games of the year thanks to an early off-day, with Corey Kluber, Domingo German, and Jordan Montgomery slated to take the mound in between Cole’s two outings. The Yankees will also likely adopt a six-man rotation for at least part of April, Boone said.
It’s going to be a miracle if Kluber and Taillon pitch more than 120 innings each this year
Taillon will win comeback player of the year and be in the top 3 of the AL Cy Young Award
We will see Arthur. I’m rooting for him but both pitchers definitely have a lot to prove this year, especially Taillon.
Nice thought, although Mancini will most likely get CBPOY.
Jason Giambi was once asked about winning CBPOY. He said “it’s an award you never want to win more than once.” = )
I would say Kluber has a much better shot of accomplishing that than Taillon
The success rate of pitchers who have had a second Tommy John surgery is very low. I will be very surprised to see Taillon have an era under 5.
That would be a high number for any mid level starter this year!
Both are solid – Both will make huge contributions to the Yankees this season.
They’re overusing Cole to underuse Taillon. Better get an extra supply of foreign substance for the cheater.
actually they are not
Didn’t u know that Cole only cheated while with the Astros? Please keep up with the media narrative!! The Yankees have never, nor will they ever, cheat! 😛
Same as Clemens and Pettite, and Andy only used it that one time to rehab an injury, just one seconds long moment that he used poor judgment but for all the right reasons… :/
Whyhayzee.. If you are going to troll, at least get better at it. You’re not good at all. I’ve seen some impressive trolls on here. You are not one of them.
Hey Joe, if you are replying to him, he’s doing a good enough job.
Everything I said is true. True is not troll. I know it starts out sounding similar but it ends differently. The yankees are cheaters. That is true. They have cheated more than any other franchise. That is true. Their owners are cheaters. That is true. Their star players are cheaters. That is true. Their fans throw things on the field when things don’t go their way, more than any other fans of any other teams. That is true. Maybe it gets old repeating things that are true. Than stop cheating. Stop being jerks, Stop. stop. stop. That is all.
@whyhayzee – You know what else is true? I couldn’t care less what you say and I am still gonna cheer for the Yankees – and that too is true!
Claims to speak the truth, spouts opinions and conjecture. As always, those who make a living hating on the Yankees are hilariously worse than those that root for them.
No, what’s true is you are a boring, repetitive, unimaginative, sad pest.
I dunno, I think that Phillies fans tend to throw more stuff on the field than any other group….
And conveniently he skips to only one team (Yankees) when other more recent teams (including his very own) are wearing the Scarlett Letter. But, oops! Let’s forget about that truth! Starting to sound like “my truth” kind of truth, which is, ya know, garbage.
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Rings B1tch
@Yankee Clipper-Yes this guy, whyhayzee hot and humid has a Yankee complex obviously. There we’re so many of our fans throwing things on field last season when things weren’t going our way? Smh, it’s like he just woke ^ out of a shoebox or something. And the non-stop trolling all the time, sounds like the team he roots for sucks? Lol.
Yeah, right? I mean, I recall Yankee fans throwing things on the field all season when we lost the 100 games! Oh wait….. nope, didn’t happen.
Oh, it was when they lost the WC game; then the fans went total woke and threw everything on the field – ooops, nope, never happened!
Okay, it was when the lost the ALDS, yep, that’s when they acted like Seattle during a citizen takeover – oh, shucks! Wait, that didn’t happen either!
Hm, whokehayzee: seems like Hyperbole might be a better moniker, sir.
you could say that about every team –
The Rangers have two depth OFer’s having really good ST’s in Adolis Garcia and Jason Martin. Jason Martin is an ex-Astros’ prospect, you know. As a 4th OFer it wouldn’t be a bad addition for them.
Correction Jason Martin was a former pirates prospect
Wrong. He was a Astros prospect. The pirates took him from prospect to quad A trash.
He was still classified as a prospect w/pirates because he didn’t have enough service time on MLB roster and was ranked like 20ish in their system because he didn’t have much power and average arm.
No it. Everybody on here knows this. It is after all a trade site and that was a huge famous trade. You are the clueless d bag who hade to reply to the original post with your “correction” when in fact he was right. I am sure he knows he was traded to the pirates. His point is that him being a former prospect of theirs they are familiar with him. Nothing to do with the pirates. Just admit that you obviously had no idea he was a Astro before a Pirate and move on. And don’t give your lil scouting report you read and anyone could read on some website. You didn’t even even know he was a Astro and yet you have the nerve to tell me about his arm strength lol.
Martin more famous as a Pirate than an Astro. Houston execs probably forgot he was in the organization. Nobody cares. Move on.
I knew he was an Astro prospect first because I am a pirates fan. He came to the burg it’s the cole trade that invoked musgrove, Felix, and Martin to burg for g. Cole.
The way i interpreted his original post was that he thought Martin never left the Astro organization. So I pointed out that he was a pirates prospect before going where ever the hell he is now.
Who cares lol, like is this what the world is coming too. This is why I don’t get on social media. Because it turned into a joke. Every sport is getting more and more not fun to watch but we do cause of our teams and we like too.
You care or you wouldn’t have read and replied.
It’s all good Arthur. I just didn’t care for the mansplaining when I am clearly aware of who Martin is and that he was a pirates prospect. You didn’t say he was also a pirate prospect. You had to use correction. When I see Correction I see correcting something that was wrong and rangers wasn’t mistaken so it seems like you didn’t know about his astros past.
Can still hit reply even if nobody cares about the great Jason Martin. You reply to the check mark and not the player in-question. It’s easy.
Boone is re-arranging the rotation to insure Cole goes up against the Orioles.
Oh, I thought that was Natalie Cole…..
Natalie Cole probably could have beat the Orioles.
Nat King Cole could probably beat the orioles
or J. Cole
Or my 6 year old son Cole…
Astros are looking for OF and Pitching help after releasing Souza and Cishek?
I get them releasing Souza; he hasn’t been good in years and they must not have been impressed with what they’ve seen… Cishek, though, was a very valuable reliever only as far back as ‘19
I wonder if the Orioles would be interested in Garcia of the Brewers for a couple low end wild card prospects .
I think Yankees are doing the right thing with Tallion. Probably one of the smartest moves they made in awhile to be honest. After the All-Star, Tallion could see more inning and move up in the rotation to possible 1-2 punch with Cole or be a solid 3 starter. It really depends on how healthy he is and feel Pirates rushed him over his previous injuries and surgeries. Tallion may not be a Cole type, but he is definitely a very good pitcher when healthy. I seen this kid pitch when he is on his game and he could be as good as Verlander, Cole, and many other top pitchers in the league. Yankees are protecting their investment with Tallion. I can’t shame the Yankees on this. Bravo Yankees front office
“Pirates rushed him…” ?
@retire21 – You missed a few words there buddy – “feel Pirates rushed him over his previous injuries and surgeries”. I believe he is suggesting that the pirates knowing how good he is (was) rushed him back after his injuries and/or surgeries in the hope that he could help them win.
@retire21 After his first arm surgery, he was back like 9 months later. After his testicular surgery, he was out for 2 months and back. Again, I feel the Pirates rushed him each time. He is a heck of a pitcher when he is on the mound. I believe the Pirates losing fan base, pushed players like Tallion to return quicker than normal. After the Cole trade, players were rushed back quickly. Harrison, Marte, Polanco, and many others were doing daily activities before the IR list date to return, was up. Some of these guys were running full speed days to weeks before the return date. Only to be sidelined again weeks later. The moves the Pirates made at the front office a couple years ago, was needed. Evaluation of the medical staff, needs to be looked at as well. Guys like Santana, Kuhl, and Polanco (again) return from their injuries/surgerie this year, you will start to notice if the medical staff are properly preparing these guys or rushing them to the field.
The many of national sports writers considered taillon to be the more talented, with the better stuff of the two, when they were both part of the pirates organization. He is/was very unlucky when it came to injury or illness.
They only thought that because Taillon actually tried and cared while part of the Pirate organization.
As opposed to treating it like a bus stop he had to read a book in to kill time.
The Astros are pretty deep with young CFs. Chas McCormick had an atrocious Spring. whereas Bryan De La Cruz did better. Jose Siri would be my choice but he Ks a bit much.
Who’s the 6th man in the Yankee rotation?
Unless they use an opener strategy when the sixth rotation spot comes up the first few times. Regardless, Garcia is going to see a lot of action throughout the season, as will Schmidt eventually.
Better question: Who isn’t the sixth man in The Yankees rotation?!
Yep, we are stacked with depth and will buzzsaw right through innings this year.
McKenzie is fool’s gold. He’s thin as a rail and he won’t hold up physically. You’ll see Nick Sandlin in about 40 days.
Yanks have a lot of depth this year in starting pitching. They have Cole, Kluber, German, Montgomery, Taillon, Garcia, King, Loasiga , Chacin, and Severino.. Cole 200 , Kluber, 120, Taillon, 120, Sevy 100 ,Monte 120 German 120, Garcia, 100, King 60, Loasiga 80, and Chacin 60. Thats more than enough for starters.
Mendoza Line 215
Slider- That is one heck of a rotation if they average 6 2/3 innings per start in this era.
With some of the injury histories those pitchers will be very lucky to reach those totals.
Mendoza, your points are valid but it’s amazing how everyone above is hinging the Yankees future, regardless of performance, on the players’ injury histories(?). I think clear bias is rearing it’s ugly head once again with the Anti-Yankees trying to evict us from the rent-to-own space in their head!
How about let’s talk about how poorly the Yankees do in 6 months? Ohhhhh, shucks, that’s right; we can’t because they’ll be in the playoffs, yet again, competing for the AL pennant, yet again……..
Mendoza Line 215
Yankee Clipper-I was only pointing out the mathematical inconsistency.It would have been apropos perhaps even only 15-20 years ago but not now with all of the injuries and short starters and pitch limits.
I like Taillon but he is an injury waiting to happen.Kluber is an older pitcher and has been hurt the last couple of years.With the injuries occurring in general and especially to the pitchers you really do have to have the pitching depth that the Dodgers and Yankees do to start out a year with a lot of confidence.
I could care less about the American League teams.I can assure you that I have no anti Yankee bias.I do not have time to wish bad luck on any team.
It is ironic that German ends up taking the ball every 5th day, helping his team, while the two “team-mates” who were most critical of him, Britton and Voit, are sidelined. You can’t always pick your teammates.