The Orioles will officially be without Félix Bautista, a 28-year-old All-Star who was baseball’s best reliever before suffering an elbow injury, for the playoffs and likely all of the 2024 season, too, as he is set to undergo Tommy John elbow reconstruction.
The deal wasn’t a much-anticipated new lease replacing or extending the one that expires Dec. 31, but rather a “memorandum of understanding” between the tenant O’s and their state landlord that was not legally binding.
As one of the AL’s top two division winners, the Orioles will not have to play in the opening round of the MLB playoffs. Instead, as four teams play next week, the Orioles will be one of two AL clubs watching, receiving a much-needed break.
A day after winning the AL East, an Orioles lineup without several regulars managed just three hits and was shut out by the Red Sox, 3-0, though starter John Means was sharp again in allowing two runs across 6 1/3 innings on Friday.