Ryan Flaherty saw his offensive numbers steadily decline from 2013 to 2015 and the trend continued as the super-utility player put together arguably his worst offensive season in 2016. He saw consistent playing time from May to mid-June in place of an injured J.J. Hardy, but wasn't able to get into any sort of groove at the plate. In 176 plate appearances, Flaherty posted a .217 average, hit three home runs and finished with a .610 OPS. He somehow managed to put together the worst strikeout rate of his career (27.3 percent), while also recording the best walk rate of his career (9.7 percent). With five major league seasons of replacement-level production, it is clear that the 30-year-old is destined to be no more than a utility player going forward.
Flaherty will play in his first game since March 13 on Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports. Flaherty has missed a good amount of the spring dealing with shoulder and arm issues, playing in just 10 games and going 3-for-25 (.120) in camp. Barring any further setbacks, the 25-year-old is slated to open the season as the Orioles' primary backup infielder.
Flaherty (shoulder) won't return to game action until Friday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports. His shoulder is apparantly fine, but he will not return Tuesday as expected, and will instead wait until after the team's off day Thursday. Flaherty projects to open the season as the Orioles' primary backup infielder.
Flaherty (shoulder) is scheduled to play in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The Orioles were initially hopeful that Flaherty would be able to take the field Monday, but they'll push back his return to action one day just to afford him a little extra recovery time from the cortisone shot he received in his shoulder last week. The shot apparently did wonders in alleviating the soreness Flaherty was experiencing, so he looks at little risk of missing the start of the season.
Flaherty (shoulder) is expected to return to the lineup Monday against the Red Sox, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxOnline.com reports. The veteran utility man received a cortisone shot in his ailing shoulder Monday, but the Orioles are expecting him to return to game action in the near future. Flaherty has gone just 3-for-25 this spring, but his defensive versatility helps his chances at cracking the Orioles' Opening Day roster.
Flaherty will be shut down for a few days after having a cortisone injection in his shoulder, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports. He had the injection on Monday and will miss two or three days, but it does not sound like this will affect his status for Opening Day. Flaherty is set to open the year as the Orioles' primary utility infielder.