Severino went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 12-2 loss to the White Sox. The catcher has caught the homer fever that's been sweeping clubhouses all over the league. Severino has three long balls on the year, and all three have come in the last five games, pushing his slash line up to .265/.324/.559. The 25-year-old will likely continue to take playing time away from Jesus Sucre as long as he's swinging a hot bat.
Severino went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk Thursday against the Rays. Severino left the yard in the fourth inning to give the Orioles a 3-2 lead, but Tampa Bay would come back to force the contest into extra innings. The 25-year-old backstop has notched a base hit in three of his previous four matchups, although he's hitting an unimpressive .208 with the lone homer and four RBI over seven games in 2019.
Severino is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The Orioles had recently been alternating the starts at catcher between Severino and Jesus Sucre, but the latter will draw his second straight turn behind the plate in the series finale. Even if Severino seizes a greater portion of the timeshare at some point, it'll be difficult to extract much fantasy value from him unless he takes a quantum leap forward at the dish. Severino is a career .188/.273/.284 hitter over 304 major-league plate appearances.
Severino is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. The Orioles have excluded Severino from the starting nine for both of their first two games, which have come against a right-handed pitcher (Masahiro Tanaka) and a lefty (James Paxton). The pair of absences likely indicates that Jesus Sucre is viewed as the Orioles' No. 1 catcher until Austin Wynns returns, though both he and Severino won't bring much to the table for fantasy purposes no matter which of the two ultimately emerges as the top option over the long haul.
Severino appears to have secured a spot on the Orioles' Opening Day roster, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports. With the Orioles demoting Chance Sisco to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday and Austin Wynns (oblique) seemingly headed for the injured list, Severino is the only healthy catcher currently on the 40-man roster. Severino will likely be joined in the coming days by non-roster invitee Jesus Sucre, with the two backstops expected to share time behind the dish until Wynns has recovered from the injury and/or Sisco is called up. Both Severino and Sucre are defense-first catchers, so neither projects as much of a fantasy asset no matter how the playing-time picture shakes out.
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