Orioles catcher Austin Wynns, who was rehabilitating an oblique injury with Double-A Bowie, has been reinstated from the injured list and optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Wynns, 28, entered spring training in contention to make the Orioles’ 25-man roster but instead began the year on the injured list. He joins Chance Sisco and Carlos Pérez with the Tides with Jesús Sucre and Pedro Severino serving as the Orioles’ catchers.
"We just didn't have room for him here as of right now, but we like Austin Wynns a lot,” Hyde said. “Kind of tough break there at the end of spring with the oblique, but he's 100 percent healthy. I'm sure we'll see him up here at some point."
Wynns hit .255 with four home runs across 42 games in 2018, his first major league season. In four rehab games with Bowie, Wynns went 5-for-17 with two doubles, three walks and four RBIs.
Wynns was not in the Tides’ lineup Wednesday, but Hyde said he was confident in Norfolk manager Gary Kendall’s ability to balance playing time among Wynns, Sisco and Pérez.
"He can make it work, yeah, with the DH,” Hyde said. “Minor league rosters, there's always turbulence, there's always things that happen, so I think you always find ways to get guys in the game."