Wilkerson will be a part of the Orioles' 60-man player pool this season.
He was in camp on a minor-league deal when spring training was shut down. Wilkerson will provide outfield depth, but he is unlikely to see enough playing time to provide fantasy value.
Wilkerson indicated he was healthy Thursday after he was removed from the Orioles' Grapefruit League game a day earlier due to a right shin injury, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Wilkerson was pulled early after fouling a ball off himself, but his comments a day later suggest his removal was mostly precautionary. The non-roster invitee should be ready to play in spring games as soon as the MLB season is back from its hiatus.
Wilkerson left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays with an apparent injury after fouling a ball off himself, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
The nature and severity of Wilkerson's injury are not yet clear. He's unlikely to make the big-league roster even if healthy, however, as he was outrighted off the 40-man roster back in early February.
Wilkerson accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday and will join the Orioles' big-league camp as a non-roster invitee, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
Wilkerson had the right to refuse the assignment but elected to remain in the organization rather than search for a new home. With a career .219/.279/.365 slash line, Wilkerson is unlikely to have much fantasy value if he manages to work his way back onto the roster.
Wilkerson cleared waivers on Wednesday, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
Wilkerson has the right to refuse an outright assignment, so it's possible he elects to become a free agent rather than head to the minors. If that happens, he's still likely to be stuck looking for a minor-league deal, as he's hit just .219/.279/.365 in 410 career big-league plate appearances.
Wilkerson was designated for assignment Friday.
Wilkerson loses his spot with the Orioles claiming Travis Lakins off waivers in a corresponding move. Wilkerson hasn't been impressive in 135 big-league games, hitting .219/.279/.365 while striking out 30.2 percent of the time. Even with the ability to play both center field and second base, that may not be enough for him to stick in the league as a bench player.
Wilkerson went 4-for-6 with a triple, a walk and a run scored Monday in the Orioles' 11-10 loss to the Blue Jays in 15 innings.
Wilkerson submitted a quality all-around performance here, but it's unlikely to result in him getting a full run of at-bats in the season's final week. Including Monday's contest, Wilkerson has started in just eight of the Orioles' 22 games in September.
Wilkerson is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rays, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Anthony Santander will cover center field while Wilkerson heads to the bench following three straight starts. With the Orioles bringing aboard Dwight Smith and Mark Trumbo (knee) as September callups over the past two days, Wilkerson looks at risk of losing at-bats during the season's final month.
Wilkerson is not in the lineup Wednesday against Washington, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Wilkerson has hit just .162 over his last 15 games. Anthony Santander starts in center field in his absence.
Wilkerson isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Kansas City, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Wilkerson appeared off the bench Monday, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. With Wilkerson riding the pine, Anthony Santander will shift to center field, opening the door for DJ Stewart to start in right.
Wilkerson is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Royals, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
After starting four of the past five games, Wilkerson will hit the bench in the series opener, clearing room in the outfield for both DJ Stewart and Jace Peterson alongside Anthony Santander. Only Santander appears secure as an everyday role, leaving Wilkerson, Stewart and Peterson to jockey for one or two spots in the outfield in most games, depending on where manager Brandon Hyde deploys Trey Mancini. Wilkerson hasn't made much of a case for earning steady playing time by slashing .236/.281/.416 since the All-Star break.
Wilkerson is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Wilkerson has started 10 of the last 12 games but will head to the bench Friday with a .774 OPS in August. Trey Mancini, Anthony Santander and DJ Stewart will start in the outfield from left to right.
Wilkerson is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Wilkerson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Baltimore's 8-5 loss in Game 1. He'll give way to Anthony Santander in center field for the second half of the twin bill.
Wilkerson is not in Sunday's lineup against the Astros, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
He went 0-for-4 at the dish and gave up three runs in 1.1 innings out of the bullpen, so it's not surprising to see him get a rest day after pulling double duty in the 23-2 loss to Houston. Anthony Santander slides over to center field, hitting third.
Wilkerson (knee) is starting in center field and batting eighth Saturday against the Blue Jays.
He left Thursday's game after fouling a ball off his knee. Wilkerson is 4-for-27 with 13 strikeouts over his last 10 games.
Wilkerson (knee) went 1-for-2 in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays before exiting in the seventh inning due to injury.
Wilkerson fouled a ball off his knee and experienced some swelling, which resulted in him being pinch-hit for in the seventh inning. He received X-rays, which came back negative. It's unclear whether the 27-year-old will miss time, but he should be considered day-to-day.
Wilkerson is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Padres, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Even with Dwight Smith exiting Monday's 8-1 loss with a calf injury that will likely result in him heading to the injured list, Wilkerson won't crack the lineup for the series finale in San Diego. Instead, the Orioles will roll out an outfield of Jace Peterson, Anthony Santander and Trey Mancini on Tuesday. Peterson likely won't be called upon as a regular replacement for Smith, but Wilkerson may not be the primary fill-in option, either. Instead, expect Baltimore to recall DJ Stewart from Triple-A Norfolk and give him the first look in a full-time role alongside Santander and Mancini.
Wilkerson pitched a perfect 16th inning to earn the first save of his career against the Angels on Thursday. He also went 1-for-7 at the plate with a run-scoring double.
Wilkerson had already impacted the game with his bat, doubling in the tying run in the eighth inning, before he was summoned to the mound in the bottom of the 16th with a two-run lead. Tossing soft lobs that never topped 56 mph, Wilkerson retired all three batters he faced to earn the first save by a position player in major-league history. Despite compiling a 2.25 ERA and 0.50 WHIP over four innings as a pitcher this season, the rookie will undoubtedly return to his role as Baltimore's fourth outfielder, where he has posted a .227 average along with eight homers and 28 RBI in 207 at-bats.
Wilkerson is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
While the Orioles' recent decision to remove Keon Broxton from the 40-man roster looked to be a positive development for Wilkerson, the 27-year-old will still find himself on the bench for the fourth time in the last five games. The Orioles likely view Wilkerson as more of a utility bat over the long haul, so he seems set to operate as a fourth outfielder moving forward while Anthony Santander gets the chance to solidify himself as Baltimore's everyday center fielder. Wilkerson's opportunities could grow scarcer if the Orioles decide to call up DJ Stewart and/or Austin Hays from the minors later in the second half.
Wilkerson is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Anthony Santander will pick up the start in center field while Wilkerson heads to the bench after starting five of the last six contests. Wilkerson has come to life at the plate so far in July, hitting .333 with four extra-base hits -- including two home runs -- eight RBI and six runs in 10 games.
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