Means allowed four runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two in 6.2 innings in Sunday's win over the Nationals. He didn't factor into the decision. Means loaded the bases in the first inning but allowed only one run during the frame, and he bounced back with four straight scoreless innings. However, he allowed a three-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning that put him in line for the loss. The southpaw was able to settle for a no-decision since the Orioles came back in the bottom of the ninth inning, but he's now given up nine runs in 11.2 innings across his two starts since he returned from the injured list. Means tentatively lines up to make his next start on the road against Detroit on Saturday.
Means (4-3) took the loss Tuesday, giving up five runs on seven hits over five innings as the Orioles fell 9-3 to the Rays. He struck out two without walking a batter. It was a rude welcome back for the southpaw, who was making his first start since June 5 after recovering from a shoulder strain. Means tossed 78 pitches (51 strikes) before exiting and over half the hits off him went for extra bases, including homers by Randy Arozarena and Francisco Mejia. Means hasn't won a game since his no-hitter against Seattle on May 5, and he'll take a 2.72 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 71:13 K:BB through 76 innings into his next outing.
Means (shoulder) was activated off the 10-day injured list Tuesday ahead of his scheduled start against the Rays. Means was brilliant in his first eight starts, cruising to a 1.21 ERA and 0.71 WHIP and recording a no-hitter against the Mariners. He struggled to a 5.21 ERA over his next four starts, then hit the injured list with a shoulder strain in early June. He's ready to go again following a trio of rehab outings, but he might not be able to pitch very deep into Tuesday's contest, as none of those rehab appearances lasted longer than three innings. Ryan McKenna was optioned in a corresponding move.
Means (shoulder) will be activated to start Tuesday's game in Tampa Bay, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. It's been an eventful year for Means, who logged the best start of his career -- a no-hitter May 5 in Seattle -- amid a breakout season before missing almost six weeks with a shoulder injury. He made three rehab appearances, building up to three innings in each of his last two outings. Means could go deep enough to get the win Tuesday, but he will likely be on some sort of pitch count.
Means (shoulder) threw three innings and 74 pitches in his rehab outing with Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com reports. This outing was Means' second rehab outing, and he utilized the appearance to increase his pitch count. Means has been out since June 6, though reports suggest he could work up to 90 pitches upon his return to the big-league rotation. He remains on track to be activated at some point during the team's series with the Rays beginning July 19.
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