Alberto is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Manager Brandon Hyde will award Rule 5 pick Richie Martin a second straight start after the rookie slugged his first career home run in Wednesday's loss, leaving no room in the middle infield for Alberto. The 26-year-old had started each of the previous four contests, going 8-for-16 with a home run, two doubles, a stolen base and four RBI.
Alberto is not in the lineup for Friday's game against Cleveland, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Alberto has just three hits in his last nine games. Jonathan Villar slides over to second base, with Richie Martin starting at shortstop.
Alberto is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. Alberto will not start Saturday after doing so in the previous three games. Jonathan Villar will start at second base for the Orioles, and Richie Martin will get the nod at shortstop.
Alberto is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. Before Sunday's game against the Rays was postponed due to inclement weather, Alberto had been on track to start for the fifth time in six contests. He'll instead find himself on the bench in favor of Rio Ruiz, who projects to receive the bulk of the starts at third base when the Orioles oppose right-handed pitchers. Alberto still has another path to playing time at the keystone, as rookie Richie Martin's ongoing struggles have prompted manager Brandon Hyde to move Jonathan Villar from second base to shortstop more regularly of late.
Alberto will start at third base and bat fifth Sunday against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The utility man will draw his fifth start in six games, this time replacing Rio Ruiz at the hot corner. Neither Ruiz (76 wRC+ in 117 plate appearances) nor Richie Martin (46 wRC+ in 79 plate appearances) has found much success as the Orioles' primary options at third base and shortstop, respectively, so it wouldn't be surprising if Alberto ultimately usurps one of the two on the depth chart. Alberto lacks impact power or speed but carries a .305 average into Sunday while striking out in only 10.6 percent of his plate appearances.
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