Orioles make five list moves – .

Orioles make five list moves – .

The Orioles have announced a series of roster changes ahead of tonight’s game with the Astros, including news that the right-hander Travis Lakins Sr. heads to the 10-day injured list due to right elbow pain. In addition, the infielder Stevie Wilkerson was designated for assignment and left-handed Alexandre Wells was optioned to Triple-A. Filling the places on the active roster will be right-handed Isaac Mattson and Spenser Watkins – Mattson was called up from Triple-A, while Watkins’ contract was selected. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported earlier today that Watkins would be added to Baltimore’s list of 26 players.
Lakins made a rare appearance as a starting pitcher last night when his elbow problem forced him out of the game (the Orioles’ 13-3 win over the Astros) after 1 2/3 of an inning. O manager Brandon Hyde clarified Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun. and other reporters that Lakins suffered elbow strain, and the right-hander will undergo further assessment. This isn’t the first time Lakins has faced elbow issues, as inflammation cut short his 2016 season as he pitched into the Red Sox’s minor league system.

Baltimore claimed Lakins on waivers from the Cubs in the 2019-20 offseason, and the right-hander had a solid 2.81 ERA on 25 2/3 relief for the Orioles last year. However, things haven’t gone so well this season as Lakins has a 5.79 ERA and 13.8% walk rate over 28 innings of work in 2021.

With the O’s who still need help with the rotation while John means is on the IL, that could open the door for Watkins to peek into the starting five as he gets his first look at the big leagues. A 30th round pick for the Tigers in 2014, Watkins pitched well at the lower levels of the Detroit farming system, but struggled at Double-A and Triple-A. This almost drove him away from the game, as Nightengale notes that Watkins had a high school coaching job before signing a minor league deal with the Orioles this winter.

Wilkerson was another offseason miner who signed for the O’s, and the utility has appeared in 30 games for the team, hitting just 0.167 / 0.211 / 0.208 in 76 plate appearances. Wilkerson hasn’t seen any big-league action in 2020, and he has a career slash line of .210 / .268 / .340 in 486 PA over a three-season game with Baltimore.


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