Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard could be sidelined between four and six weeks as a result of a thumb injury, according to BaltimoreBaseball.com’s Dan Connolly.
The injury won’t require surgery, Connolly adds.
While the Orioles are expected to prioritize starting pitching in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline, the club could seek outfield help with Rickard on the disabled list. Melvin Upton could be an option for Baltimore.
Rickard earned a roster spot after a solid spring and was producing routinely before going down, batting .268/.319/.377.
Baltimore does have some outfield depth but might prefer a stable option to complement Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo.
More from around the AL East:
- Boston and Clay Buchholz appear to be in a holding pattern, which might force the Red Sox to consider trading him.
- While the Dodgers appeared to be interested in Evan Longoria, they probably are more focused on Tampa Bay’s pitching staff.
- Starlin Castro hasn’t really proven to be an upgrade for the Yankees at second base.
- Toronto has been scouting CC Sabathia and Andrew Cashner as the trade deadline approaches.
- Baltimore scouted Padres starter Andrew Cashner on Thursday.