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July 26, 2021 04:00 AM
Orioles' John Means: Allows four runs Sunday
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Means allowed four runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two in 6.2 innings in Sunday's win over the Nationals. He didn't factor into the decision.

Means loaded the bases in the first inning but allowed only one run during the frame, and he bounced back with four straight scoreless innings. However, he allowed a three-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning that put him in line for the loss. The southpaw was able to settle for a no-decision since the Orioles came back in the bottom of the ninth inning, but he's now given up nine runs in 11.2 innings across his two starts since he returned from the injured list. Means tentatively lines up to make his next start on the road against Detroit on Saturday.

July 21, 2021 05:16 AM
Orioles' John Means: Roughed up in return
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Means (4-3) took the loss Tuesday, giving up five runs on seven hits over five innings as the Orioles fell 9-3 to the Rays. He struck out two without walking a batter.

It was a rude welcome back for the southpaw, who was making his first start since June 5 after recovering from a shoulder strain. Means tossed 78 pitches (51 strikes) before exiting and over half the hits off him went for extra bases, including homers by Randy Arozarena and Francisco Mejia. Means hasn't won a game since his no-hitter against Seattle on May 5, and he'll take a 2.72 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 71:13 K:BB through 76 innings into his next outing.

July 21, 2021 10:12 AM
Orioles' John Means: Activated for start
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Means (shoulder) was activated off the 10-day injured list Tuesday ahead of his scheduled start against the Rays.

Means was brilliant in his first eight starts, cruising to a 1.21 ERA and 0.71 WHIP and recording a no-hitter against the Mariners. He struggled to a 5.21 ERA over his next four starts, then hit the injured list with a shoulder strain in early June. He's ready to go again following a trio of rehab outings, but he might not be able to pitch very deep into Tuesday's contest, as none of those rehab appearances lasted longer than three innings. Ryan McKenna was optioned in a corresponding move.

July 18, 2021 09:40 PM
Orioles' John Means: Returning Tuesday
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Means (shoulder) will be activated to start Tuesday's game in Tampa Bay, Roch Kubatko of reports.

It's been an eventful year for Means, who logged the best start of his career -- a no-hitter May 5 in Seattle -- amid a breakout season before missing almost six weeks with a shoulder injury. He made three rehab appearances, building up to three innings in each of his last two outings. Means could go deep enough to get the win Tuesday, but he will likely be on some sort of pitch count.

July 16, 2021 12:28 AM
Orioles' John Means: Increases workload in rehab outing
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Means (shoulder) threw three innings and 74 pitches in his rehab outing with Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Steve Melewski of reports.

This outing was Means' second rehab outing, and he utilized the appearance to increase his pitch count. Means has been out since June 6, though reports suggest he could work up to 90 pitches upon his return to the big-league rotation. He remains on track to be activated at some point during the team's series with the Rays beginning July 19.

July 9, 2021 01:04 PM
Orioles' John Means: Making another rehab start Friday
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Means (shoulder) is expected to pitch three or four innings during his second rehab start Friday at Double-A Bowie, Joe Trezza of reports.

The left-hander fired two frames in his first rehab outing Sunday and will continue ramping up his workload in the minors. Means is then tentatively scheduled for another start at Triple-A Norfolk next week, potentially putting him on track to rejoin the big-league rotation after the All-Star break during a three-game set in Tampa Bay beginning July 19.

July 3, 2021 07:52 PM
Orioles' John Means: Rehab assignment on tap
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Means (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Aberdeen on Sunday, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Means has been out since June 6 due to a left shoulder strain, but he's made good progress recently and will begin a rehab stint Sunday. The Orioles are hopeful that the left-hander will be able to return to the major-league club shortly after the All-Star break, and a better idea of his status could be revealed based on how he feels following his rehab start. He's expected to throw 2-3 innings in his first appearance with High-A Aberdeen, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.

June 24, 2021 05:32 PM
Orioles' John Means: Likely out through All-Star break
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Means (shoulder) will likely be sidelined until after the All-Star break, Roch Kubatko of reports.

Means has been sidelined since June 6 but is only playing catch and hasn't yet resumed mound work. Manager Brandon Hyde previously said the southpaw would be sidelined until around the All-Star break, but the skipper is now hopeful the lefty will be able to return shortly after the break. Tom Eshelman should remain in the rotation while Means and Bruce Zimmermann (biceps) are on the injured list.

June 19, 2021 01:44 PM
Orioles' John Means: Yet to resume mound work
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Means (shoulder) hasn't yet resumed throwing off a mound, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Means began a throwing progression at the Orioles' spring training facility Tuesday, but he's still only playing catch. As a result, manager Brandon Hyde said the left-hander will likely be sidelined until around the All-Star break. The 28-year-old has been on the 10-day injured list since June 6 due to a left shoulder strain.

June 16, 2021 11:28 AM
Orioles' John Means: Starts throwing again
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Manager Brandon Hyde said that Means (shoulder) began a throwing progression Tuesday at the Orioles' spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla., Joe Trezza of reports.

Means is throwing again for the first time since exiting his June 5 start with left shoulder fatigue and subsequently landing on the 10-day injured list. The Orioles have since reclassified Means' injury as a minor strain, but he'll still likely need at least a week to advance through his throwing program before the club pinpoints a target date for his return from the IL. If Means is able to avoid any setbacks while he builds back up, he could be ready to rejoin the rotation at some point in the final week of June.

June 7, 2021 09:04 PM
Orioles' John Means: MRI reveals no structural damage
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Manager Brandon Hyde said Sunday that Means' MRI revealed no structural damage to his strained left shoulder, Roch Kubatko of reports. The southpaw will be shut down for a week to 10 days before being re-evaluated.

After Means was placed on the IL with the shoulder strain earlier Sunday, the Orioles weren't willing to speculate on a timeline for his return until the results of the MRI were revealed. With Means' tests revealing nothing overly concerning, it looks like he'll avoid an extended absence. A firmer target date for Means' return should come into focus once he's cleared to begin a throwing program, but a late-June return to the rotation would appear to be realistic if he can avoid any setbacks during the build-up process.

June 6, 2021 12:20 PM
Orioles' John Means: Placed on injured list
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Means has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder strain.

Means exited his Saturday start against Cleveland with shoulder fatigue and has been diagnosed with a shoulder strain. Per Steve Melewski of, the Orioles are still awaiting the results of an MRI that Means underwent Sunday, so there's still the possibility that there is more to the injury. Zac Lowther was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding roster move.

June 6, 2021 05:52 PM
Orioles' John Means: Scheduled for MRI
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Means will undergo an MRI on his left shoulder Sunday, Roch Kubatko of reports.

Means exited his start Saturday against Cleveland in the first inning due to shoulder fatigue. He's reportedly not particularly concerned about the issue, as he's dealt with similar issues in the past which turned out to be relatively minor. Whether or not that optimism is warranted should become clear following the MRI.

June 6, 2021 05:32 PM
Orioles' John Means: Feeling shoulder fatigue
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Means was pulled from Saturday's game with left shoulder fatigue, Roch Kubatko of reports.

This explains why Means was getting knocked around by Cleveland's lackluster offense in the first inning. It's unclear how many starts, if any, the lefty will miss. He dealt with left shoulder fatigue at the start of last season and only missed one outing.

June 5, 2021 07:56 PM
Orioles' John Means: Removed in first inning
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Means (undisclosed) was removed from Saturday's game against Cleveland after facing five batters, Rich Dubroff of reports.

Adam Plutko took over on the mound after Means walked off with the trainer. The lefty ace allowed three hits, two of which were solo homers, and recorded just two outs on 29 pitches. It's unclear what exactly Means is dealing with, but that information should come out after the game.

May 29, 2021 11:24 PM
Orioles' John Means: Allows three runs in loss
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Means (4-1) allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four across five innings, taking the loss in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader with the White Sox.

Means was dealt his first loss of the season. He delivered three scoreless innings before allowing a home run in back-to-back innings in the fourth and fifth frames. The 28-year-old has a 2.05 ERA and a spectacular 0.80 WHIP, which leads the American League. However, he's surrendered nine of his 16 earned runs in his last three starts. His next start likely won't come until Saturday as the Orioles are running a six-man rotation.

May 25, 2021 12:00 AM
Orioles' John Means: Fans five in quality start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Means yielded two runs on five hits over seven innings in Monday's loss to the Twins. He struck out five and did not factor in the decision.

Means was sharp as usual Monday and kept the Twins' bats mostly quiet. The only runs to score on him were solo homers by Trevor Larnach and Kyle Garlick in the third and sixth innings. It was his second straight start allowing two home runs and his season ERA ticked up slightly to 1.79 through 65.1 innings. Means is lined up to face the White Sox in Chicago this weekend.

May 21, 2021 01:52 AM
Orioles' John Means: Gives up four runs Wednesday
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Means didn't factor into the decision Wednesday against the Rays after allowing four runs on six hits and a walk while fanning six across 6.1 innings.

Means was coming off two straight scoreless outings -- including his no-hitter against the Mariners on May 5 -- and hadn't allowed more than two runs in five straight appearances prior to Wednesday. Means also saw his streak of five straight quality starts come to an end, but this was just a minor step in the wrong direction for the Orioles' ace. The lefty still owns a sterling 1.70 ERA on the season and is expected to make his next start during the series against the Twins on the road next week.

May 15, 2021 04:20 PM
Orioles' John Means: Start pushed back
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Means will not make his scheduled start Sunday against the Yankees, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.

The lefty ace will start Wednesday instead, with manager Brandon Hyde hoping to give him some extra rest after throwing a lot of innings recently. Means threw six scoreless innings Tuesday after completing a no-hitter in his previous start. The Orioles have not yet announced who will start Sunday in Means' place.

May 12, 2021 09:48 AM
Orioles' John Means: Twirls six scoreless frames
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Means did not factor into the decision during Tuesday's loss despite holding the Mets scoreless across six innings. He struck out three and did not allow any walks.

Coming off a no-hitter against the Mariners in which he whiffed 12 batters and missed a perfect game by one dropped third strike, Means turned in another brilliant start, blanking his opponent for the fourth time this season. The 28-year-old lefty did not issue any free passes for the third time this year as he tossed 52 of his 74 pitches for strikes. Means is now sporting a shiny 1.21 ERA and 0.71 WHIP with six quality starts. He'll look to continue his success in his next projected start Sunday against the Yankees.

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