Orioles Suffer Brutal Blow To Their Starting Rotation

A big hit to the Baltimore Orioles starting rotation was revealed on Saturday, as the team has announced that Kyle Bradish has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a strain of his ulnar collateral ligament after leaving Friday night's game. That is an ominous diagnosis, as this sort of thing can be a precursor to Tommy John surgery.

Bradish missed the entire month of April recovering from the same UCL issue. He's been tremendous in his 8 games since returning, posting a 2.75 ERA and 12 strikeouts per nine innings. It's a big loss to the O's rotation.  

"If he's out for a long period, they may have to look at the trade deadline for starting pitching," said baseball insider Ken Rosenthal.

This is just another in a long line of injury troubles for the Orioles pitching staff this season, making the fact that they maintain their position as the top Wild Card team and the 3rd best record in the American League that much more impressive. 

John Means and Tyler Wells are both out for the year after elbow surgery, while Dean Kremer and Danny Coulombe are also out. 

“It's difficult,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “It's part of the game. We've had our share so far this year, and we had to rely on our depth.” 

Corbin Burnes and Grayson Rodriguez head up the Orioles rotation, but that depth is being severely tested. 

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