Orioles OF Santander likely out for year with oblique strain

BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander has a strained oblique and likely will miss the remainder of the season.

Santander has been one of the best players on a rebuilding team that has performed above expectations following two straight 100-loss seasons. Baltimore took a 17-21 record into Saturday night’s game against the Yankees.

Santander sustained the injury in the opener of a doubleheader against New York on Friday.

“When he came out of the game, that didn’t look good,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “That one definitely hurt.”

With three weeks to go in the abbreviated 60-game schedule, the Orioles are bracing for finishing without Santander, who was batting .261 to go with his team-leading 11 homers and 32 RBIs.

“It’s definitely a possibility,” Hyde said. “Really happy with the year he’s had. It’s a huge loss for us and he’s very disappointed.”

Santander, 25, broke into the majors with Baltimore in 2017. He has a career batting average of .252 with 32 home runs (including 20 last year) and 99 RBIs.

Hyde said DJ Stewart will get the majority of playing time in right field. Stewart was 0 for 16 through Friday.

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