Wilkerson is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Though Joey Rickard gets the nod in center field in the series finale, Wilkerson has seemingly unseated him as the Orioles' preferred option at the position. Wilkerson started each of the previous four contests, going 6-for-15 with a home run and four RBI.
Wilkerson is expected to receive an extended look in center field, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Wilkerson starts at the position for the second straight game Saturday against the Rays and should be expected to do so frequently in the near future. Increased playing time makes him deserving of a look in very deep leagues but nothing in his track record suggests he's all that interesting for most fantasy owners. He owns a .203/.232/.329 major-league slash line through 26 career games and an unimpressive .268/.342/.371 mark in six minor-league seasons.
Wilkerson went a collective 3-for-9 with a home run, four RBI, two runs and a stolen base in Wednesday's doubleheader with the White Sox.
Expected to serve as a bench piece upon being called up from Triple-A Norfolk on April 22, Wilkerson has surprisingly started in six of the Orioles' last seven games, including both halves of the twin bill. The 27-year-old turned in a fantasy friendly line for those with the foresight to stream him, but it's still difficult to view Wilkerson as much more than a desperation play in AL-only formats. He's managed only 22 home runs over 1,519 career minor-league at-bats and has only totaled 14 stolen bases across all levels since 2017.
Wilkerson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the White Sox.
His fourth-inning shot off Ervin Santana proved to be winning run, in addition to being his first homer in the majors. Wilkerson will provide the O's with some bench depth while he's up -- he played every position but catcher and center field for Triple-A Norfolk last year -- but his minor-league track record doesn't hint at much fantasy upside should he see regular playing time.
Wilkerson's contract was purchased from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.
Wilkerson got into 16 games for the Orioles last season, hitting .174/.224/.239. He has a much better .316/.350/.456 line for Norfolk this season. Cedric Mullins was optioned in a corresponding move, with Josh Lucas getting designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
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