Just as the Orioles got one outfielder back from the injured list, another might be headed that way.
After singling in the first inning of Tuesday night’s 7-5 win over the Miami Marlins, Anthony Santander, the reigning Most Valuable Oriole, landed awkwardly on his left leg while retreating to the bag on a pickoff attempt and immediately fell to the dirt in pain.
After a visit from manager Brandon Hyde and head athletic trainer Brian Ebel, Santander left the game without being able to put any weight on the leg.
The team announced that he suffered a left ankle sprain. Hyde said after the game that an X-ray was negative for a fracture and Santander was having an MRI to determine the extent of the sprain.
Austin Hays, who came off the injured list Tuesday after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury, replaced Santander at first base and in right field.
Santander, who had an .890 OPS last year when he suffered a season-ending oblique strain in the last month of the season, also dealt with side soreness out of spring training but didn’t miss any time once the regular season began. He was batting .196 with a .551 OPS entering the series opener against the Marlins.
Still, he’s hit near the top of the Orioles’ lineup all year while trying to reprise the right field defense that made him a finalist for the Gold Glove award in 2020.
“It was terrible, especially seeing him being helped off the field,” first baseman Trey Mancini said of the injury. “I hope he’s OK and will be back soon. We all love Anthony so much. He’s the best guy and he’s an amazing player too, so for many reasons, we want him out there every day.”