Andrew Heaney

Orioles notes: Rule 5 pick Santander sees immediate action, Tillman could start Sunday

Orioles notes: Rule 5 pick Santander sees immediate action, Tillman could start Sunday

The Orioles learned quickly Friday that they won’t be able to gradually introduce Rule 5 draft pick Anthony Santander to the major leagues, forced to put the outfielder into the starting lineup in his first game on the 25-man active roster.

Because of an illness that kept first baseman Chris Davis out of the lineup and left-hander Andrew Heaney starting for the Los Angeles Angels, Santander made his major league debut starting in right field Friday night. Left fielder Trey Mancini started at first base while left-handed platoon outfielder Seth Smith was taken out of play by Heaney.

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