Hays' MRI on his left thumb revealed a mild sprain, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Hays suffered the injury sliding into a base Saturday in minor-league action. He'll miss some time, but general manager Mike Elias says that his absence will be a matter of weeks, not months.
Hays will undergo an MRI within the next couple of days after injuring his left thumb Saturday, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports. Hays sustained the injury while sliding into a base Saturday during a minor-league game. The 23-year-old was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk last Sunday despite a hot spring training, though his stay in the minors wasn't guaranteed to be long. The Orioles' outfield depth at Triple-A could take a real hit if Hays faces a significant absence following the team's trade of Mike Yastrzemski to the Giants.
Hays was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Hays was tearing it up this spring with a .351 average, five home runs and 1.277 OPS over 12 games, but for one reason or another he will not break camp with the Orioles. Hays is one of Orioles' top prospects and has already made his big-league debut, so while he will not open the season with the big club, it might not be long before he earns a call-up, particularly if his hot spring carries over to the start of the minor-league season.
Hays went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and four RBI in Tuesday's spring game against the Yankees. Hays started in right field and batted second. He is now 11-for-31 with four home runs and a 1.246 OPS in 10 games this spring. The 23-year-old is making quite the statement in spring training after missing the final few weeks of last season after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in his ankle.
Hays went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBI during Saturday's spring game against the Rays. Hays got the starting nod in center field and batted leadoff for the Orioles as he is garnering an extensive look in spring training. The 23-year-old is 8-for-25 (.320) with three home runs over eight spring games.