Rickard was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Rickard played 111 games with the Orioles last season, but he could only muster a .241 batting average in that time. Things were worse this spring, as he batted .152 with 10 strikeouts in 33 at-bats. Since he has three options, the Orioles opted to give Rickard some more seasoning in the minors. His big-league experience could have him on the fast track to the bigs if an injury strikes in Baltimore, however.
Rickard was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.
He has spent the bulk of the season in the majors, hitting .254/.290/.366 with four home runs and seven steals in 247 plate appearances. Rickard will struggle to see regular at-bats over the final month.
Rickard was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday.
Rickard was sent back to the minors in order to clear room on the roster for Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander, who was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. With Mark Trumbo back from the disabled list, Rickard was relegated to the bench and eventually deemed unneeded for the time being. The 26-year-old compiled a .254/.290/.368 slash line through 93 games (243 plate appearances) for the Orioles this season, and he should be back with the big club when rosters expand in September.
Rickard is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics.
Despite turning in a three-hit, three-run performance Saturday, Rickard will be excluded from the starting nine for the third time in five games. Though Rickard had assumed an everyday role to begin August, the recent activation of Mark Trumbo from the disabled list looks like it could relegate Rickard to the bench against right-handed pitching moving forward.
Rickard is in the lineup Thursday, batting ninth and playing right field against the A's.
After being cleared to play earlier Thursday, Rickard will get back in the lineup for Baltimore's series opener in Oakland after leaving Wednesday's game when he was hit in the helmet by a pitch. Rickard is slashing .242/.286/.333 with six RBI and two steals since the All-Star break.
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