Hyde on Vavra, Orioles presenting Holliday tomorrow at contract signing


The Orioles are ready to unleash another perspective on major league opponents.

Terrin Vavra, acquired from the Rockies on the 2020 Mychal Givens trade, has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. He’ll be on the bench tonight with Rays starting left-hander Shane McClanahan.

Vavra is batting .324/.435/.451 with 14 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 18 RBIs, 28 walks and 36 strikeouts in 45 games with Norfolk. He missed five weeks with a strained right hamstring.

For the month of July, Vavra is down .296/.441/.444 with 16 hits on 54 at-bats. He was 17 for 52 (.327) in April and 2 for 4 in May before the injury.

“He’s been swinging the ball well all year at Norfolk,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “He played in a few positions. And we’re so right-handed that adding a left-handed bat is good for us. And it’s good to see a young man playing well in Triple-A being rewarded with being called up to the major leagues.

Hyde said Vavra, 25, would be used at second base if he was placed in the lineup. Vavra also plays in the outfield, making 17 starts at center with the Tides, and Hyde used him in the corners during spring training.

The Orioles don’t really need a third center back behind Cedric Mullins.

“(Austin) Hays and (Ryan) McKenna will do it, if Cedric for some reason isn’t in center field I’ll have those two guys in front of him,” Hyde said, “but it’s good to to have another athletic guy who can run and be able to play multiple positions. But for me, it’s also the left-handed part and how many right-handers we have. To get another left-hander is great.

Vavra, who wears the number 77, would be the 50e player used by the Orioles in 2022. They put him on the 40-player roster before the Rule 5 deadline.

When asked if he wanted to get Vavra into a match rather than let him sit out, Hyde replied, “I’ll try to win the match.”

“If the opportunity presents itself, then it does,” he said. “We try to win the game every night.”

Vavra joins catcher Adley Rutschman, a former No. 1 baseball prospect who made his debut on May 21. Outfielder Kyle Stowers, the Orioles’ No. 7 prospect, made his debut June 13 in Toronto as a replacement for Anthony Santander, whose status barred him from entering Canada.

The Orioles needed a replacement today for infielder Jonathan Araúz, who suffered an avulsion fracture to a finger in his right hand as he dived to second base last night in the eighth inning. Araúz was playing his first game since July 8.

An avulsion fracture occurs when a small piece of bone attached to a tendon or ligament is torn away from the main part of the bone.

“It’s an unfortunate injury,” Hyde said. “The guy gets the chance to play and hits one against the wall and scrambles and jams him into the base. I hope it’s not too long.

Araúz started at shortstop last night. The Orioles have wide coverage at the position with Jorge Mateo and Ramón Urías. Otherwise, they might have called Richie Martin back.

The Orioles have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon to introduce shortstop Jackson Holliday, the first overall selection in the MLB Draft. Agent Scott Boras will be present.

Holliday’s signing will become official. He receives $8.19 million for setting the franchise record.

Southpaw DL Hall leaves for Norfolk tonight in Memphis. Mike Baumann starts on Wednesday and Matt Harvey on Thursday.

Outfielder Cristopher Cespedes has been released from his Single-A Delmarva contract.


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