The Orioles lost their third straight game as well as a versatile member of their infield on Monday night.
Ramon Urias singled with two outs in the ninth inning of the 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay and had to leave the game with a left hamstring strain. Manager Brandon Hyde said Urias would be reevaluated on Tuesday, but Baltimore placed the 2022 Gold Glove winner on the 10-day injured list hours before the second game of the series. Terrin Vavra was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to take his place on the 26-man roster.
In 30 games, Urias is batting .278 with one home run, seven doubles, 16 runs batted in, and a .756 on-base plus slugging percentage over 112 plate appearances. The 28-year-old has made 17 starts at third base, nine at second, and one at first base this season.
The Orioles also optioned left-handed reliever Keegan Akin and recalled lefty Drew Rom and first baseman and outfielder Ryan O’Hearn from the Tides. To open another roster spot, Baltimore designated reserve catcher Luis Torrens for assignment after acquiring him from the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations last week. Torrens hadn’t appeared in a game since being activated last Friday.
Rom, 23, was off to an excellent start for Norfolk with a 2.87 ERA in six starts covering 31 1/3 innings this season. The 2018 fourth-round pick has struck out 32 batters, walked 10, and allowed just two homers and currently ranks as the Orioles’ No. 19 prospect, according to MLB.com. His first appearance will be his major league debut.
Vavra and O’Hearn will begin their second stints on the 26-man roster this season.