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Orioles first-rounder Cody Sedlock lands on minor league DL with shoulder strain

Frederick Keys right-hander Cody Sedlock pitches against the Potomac Nationals at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium in 2017.
Frederick Keys right-hander Cody Sedlock pitches against the Potomac Nationals at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium in 2017. (Eduardo A. Encina / Baltimore Sun)

Orioles pitching prospect Cody Sedlock, the team's 2016 first-round draft pick, has landed on the seven-day minor league disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

Sedlock, 22, was shelved just three starts into his season at High-A Frederick, where he posted an unsightly 13.50 ERA over 9 1/3 innings. Opposing hitters were batting .390 against Sedlock, who allowed six runs on three hits, four walks and a hit batter over 1 1/3 innings Thursday in his most recent start.

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It is unclear how much time Sedlock could miss, but he did have an MRI on his shoulder Friday — the results of which were not yet known — after feeling soreness in his shoulder following Thursday's start.

The injury marks the latest physical setback for Sedlock, who missed a significant part of his first full professional season last year with elbow soreness that was eventually diagnosed as a flexor mass strain and prompted him to remake his delivery.

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Orioles shortstop Manny Machado had his second multihomer game in a contest that was mostly out of reach, a sign manager Buck Showalter thinks indicates a newfound maturity after 2017 struggles.

Sedlock displayed a 92-95 mph fastball and three plus complementary pitches when the Orioles first selected him out of Illinois, but he landed on the disabled list twice last season and carried diminished velocity this season. During a recent start, his fastball was clocked at 88-89 mph and dropped to the mid-80s later in the game, and scouts feared he was on the verge of going on the disabled list.

Last season was a trying one for Sedlock. He posted a 5.90 ERA in 20 starts at Frederick. He started off strong, posting a 1.64 ERA over his first four starts, but struggled over his next nine outings, posting a 9.07 ERA and .364 opponents batting average before landing on the DL for the first time on July 1.

He missed three weeks before returning and landed back on the disabled list in late August, missing the remainder of the minor league season. He worked to retool his delivery — focusing on feel more than getting lost in his mechanics — and was optimistic coming into this season that he had corrected last year's problems.

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