As anticipated, Hays will make his Grapefruit League debut in the outfield after all five of his previous appearances this spring came as a designated hitter while the 22-year-old recovered from a sore lat muscle. Assuming Hays endures no physical issues Tuesday, he should be cleared to play regularly throughout the remainder of spring training in order to pick up at-bats ahead of the regular season. The organization's top prospect remains in the mix for a roster spot, although it's possible he heads down for a few weeks to begin the campaign.
Hays (lat) is scheduled to play in a split-squad contest Tuesday after getting some long toss in earlier this week, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Hays was able to throw from 150 feet Friday and said that his right shoulder felt "the best it's been all spring." He was included as an option off the Orioles' bench during Thursday's game but failed to make an appearance as the club continues to play it cautiously with its top prospect. Barring any setbacks, Hays should at full capacity well before the beginning of the season.
Hays (lat) isn't included the Baltimore lineup for Thursday's Grapefruit League game against Toronto, though he's listed as an available option off the bench.
After being held out of spring action for a little over a week while managing a sore lat, Hays returned to the lineup Wednesday against the Rays, going 1-for-4 while serving as the designated hitter. Hays previously stated that he expected to resume work in the outfield Thursday, but any innings he receives in the field will come in a reserve role. Hays' absence from the lineup shouldn't be viewed as a setback, as manager Buck Showalter is likely just being cautious with the prized rookie coming off an injury. Expect Hays to log a start in right or left field at some point in the coming days.
Hays (lat) expects to return to outfield work Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
According to Kubatko, the outfield prospect hit and threw Tuesday and will act as the designated hitter for Wednesday's matchup. As long as everything goes off without a hitch, Hays should be good to go and ready to compete for the starting gig in right field once again. There's plenty of competition for the role, but Hays still appears to be the frontrunner at this stage of spring training.
The Orioles elected to shut Hays down completely for the next three days after the outfielder received an injection Wednesday to address inflammation near his right shoulder. Hays expects to resume hitting Saturday and perform additional activities the following two days before the Orioles clear him for game action. The 22-year-old still looks like the leading candidate to win an Opening Day starting role in right field, but his margin for error may be smaller than it was entering the spring due to his injury and the Orioles' recent signing of veteran outfielder Colby Rasmus.
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