Rickard is expected to open the season as the Orioles' starting right fielder, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Rickard has slashed a credible .263/.314/.475 (113 wRC+) versus lefties during his career, but his shortcomings against same-handed pitching make him a poor fit for anything more than a short-side platoon role. Though the 27-year-old will be in line for steady at-bats to begin the season, he'll likely transition to a fourth- or fifth-outfielder role at some point later in 2019 once the Orioles feel Austin Hays is ready for a callup to the majors.
Rickard went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Twins on Thursday. Rickard plated a pair of runs in the fourth inning on a double to left field and drove home another in the fifth on a single. He's had a decent approach at the dish this spring and is 13-for-34 with eight RBI, a steal and seven runs scored.
Rickard went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI, a run and a stolen base in Thursday's game against the Phillies. Rickard showed off his modest wheels in this one, legging out a triple in his first at-bat before adding a single and stolen base -- his first of spring -- later in the game. The 27-year-old is now 4-for-8 with a pair of extra-base hits this spring.
Rickard is out of the lineup Monday against the Blue Jays, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. Rickard was added to the lineup after Breyvic Valera (undisclosed) was scratched, though now it's the outfielder who has been removed from the lineup. It's unclear what forced Rickard from the lineup at this point, but Trey Mancini has shifted to the outfield and Chris Davis has entered the game at first base to accommodate.
Rickard is starting in right field and hitting seventh Monday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Rickard was originally scheduled to get the day off before Breyvic Valera (undisclosed) was scratched. The outfielder, who is hitting .238/.297/.409 with eight homers this season, will face southpaw Ryan Borucki in Monday's series opener.
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