Hays went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and an additional RBI in Tuesday's 7-6 extra-innings loss to the Yankees. Hays went yard in the seventh inning for his first homer since May 5. His other RBI came on a groundout in the 11th inning. He's starting to find his way at the plate, hitting safely in five straight games and going 5-for-19 (.263) in that span. The outfielder is at a .284/.352/.439 slash line with four long balls, 20 RBI, 18 runs scored and 11 doubles through 40 contests. He's 0-for-1 in stolen base attempts this year.
Hays is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports. Hays started the past five games after missing four contests with a laceration on his hand, and he went 5-for-21 with two doubles, two walks, two RBI and four runs since rejoining the lineup. Trey Mancini will move to the outfield Sunday while Adley Rutschman serves as the designated hitter.
Hays went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Yankees. Hays was at the center of the Orioles' two-run sixth inning. He knocked in Cedric Mullins with a double before scoring on Trey Mancini's fielder's choice. Hays was out from last Friday to Monday due to a laceration on his left hand, which has forced him to wear a batting glove since he returned to the lineup Tuesday. The outfielder had gone 0-for-17 in his prior five games before busting out of the slump Wednesday. He's now slashing .296/.364/.456 with three home runs, 13 RBI, 13 runs scored and 10 doubles through 34 contests. He'll likely resume a starting role in the corner outfield now that he's in good enough shape to play.
Hays (hand) will start in left field and bat second in Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hays was on the bench for each of the Orioles' last four games while managing a cut on his left hand, but he got the green light to rejoin the lineup Tuesday after coming out of Monday's batting practice session no worse for the wear. The 26-year-old may have to wear some extra protection on his hand while batting over the next several days, but the injury doesn't sound like anything that will force additional absences.
Manager Brandon Hyde said he's hopeful Hays (hand) rejoins the lineup Tuesday or Wednesday against the Yankees, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports. Hays is on the bench for Monday's series opener with New York, marking his fourth consecutive absence due to the left hand laceration. On a fortunate note, Hays was able to take batting practice earlier in the day, though the typically bare-handed-hitting outfielder wore a glove to protect his left hand during the hitting session. The Orioles will presumably check back in on Hays early Tuesday before deciding if he's fit to rejoin the lineup later that night.