Ortiz was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Ortiz was called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, and although he wasn't called on to pitch in the series finale, he'll go right back down Norfolk, where he's accrued a 5.87 ERA with an unimpressive 8:11 K:BB over 15.1 frames.
Ortiz was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday.
Ortiz worked as a starter in Triple-A Norfolk, posting a 5.87 ERA and 2.02 WHIP across 15.1 innings of work. He struggled especially with his command, surrendering 11 free passes. It appears he's destined to begin his time in Baltimore as a reliever, though he could also work as a spot starter if the need arises.
Ortiz was sent to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Ortiz appeared to have a shot to crack the starting rotation for the 2019 campaign, but he's been sent to Triple-A relatively early in camp. He appeared in two games for Baltimore a season ago and allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks over 2.1 innings. Ortiz figures to be one of the first pitchers called upon if the Orioles' rotation struggles through any injuries.
Ortiz reported to camp Tuesday at 247 pounds, a drop of 22 pounds from what he tipped the scales at last spring, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Ortiz may have been motivated to get his conditioning in order after he battled hamstring injuries on multiple occasions in 2018, including one in mid-September that ended his season prematurely. The 23-year-old enters spring training at full health and should be one of the top candidates to claim a back-end rotation spot in a wide-open competition. The right-hander has an encouraging long-term outlook thanks to a three-pitch repertoire highlighted by a mid-90s fastball, but he struggled to regularly generate swings and misses with the offering between stops at Double-A, Triple-A and the majors last season.
Ortiz (hamstring) will not pitch again this season, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Ortiz suffered a hamstring injury in the second inning of his first career start Friday and will be shut down for the year. There hasn't been anything to suggest this is a particularly serious injury, so he should be ready to go by the start of spring training.
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