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May 19, 2024 1 0 0 0 1
May 18, 2024 0 0 0 1 0.5
May 17, 2024 1 1 0 1 4
May 15, 2024 1 0 0 0 2

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Be it by design or happenstance, Austin Hays struck the ball harder, but less frequently last season. His expected batting average didn't change, but his actual mark jumped 25 points over the previous season. Hays expected and actual slugging percentage increased, fueling a career high 112 wRC+ since becoming an everyday player. Curiously, even though Hays strikeout rate increased, he was less aggressive swinging on pitches in and out of the zone but when he swung, his contact dropped on pitches in and out of the zone. Hays already solid defense in left field improved even more, helping to keep his bat in the lineup even though his production is below average for a corner outfielder. Hays attempted the same six stolen bases he did in 2022, but last season he swiped five, as opposed to just two the prior campaign. It's nothing to count on, but his success from last season could manifest more opportunities. Hays defines boring in a fantasy sense, but boring can help balance swinging for the fences elsewhere.

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2024 180.8 5 4 5 .140
2023 353.52.5 76 16 67 38 5 .275
2022 3342.3 66 16 60 34 2 .251
3y Avg. 348.52.5 72 18 66 33 4 .261
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Calf injury still lingering

    Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said after Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays that Hays is still dealing with lingering effects from his left calf injury, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. Hays was just activated from the 10-day injured list Monday following a three-week absence and evidently is still not feeling 100 percent. He delivered a pinch-hit double off the bench Wednesday but was immediately lifted for a pinch hitter. Despite Hays seemingly not being 100 percent healthy, a return to the IL doesn't seem to be in the cards. According to Danielle Allentuck of TheBaltimoreBanner.com, Hyde is hopeful that Hays will be able to start Friday's game against the Mariners, though he could be deployed at designated hitter rather than in the outfield.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Returns from injured list

    The Orioles reinstated Hays (calf) from the 10-day injured list Monday. He'll be available off the bench for Monday's series opener versus the Blue Jays as the Orioles go with Colton Cowser, Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander as their starters in the outfield from left to right. Prior to landing on the shelf April 22 due to a tight calf, Hays had gotten off to a miserable start to the season, slashing .111/.200/.111 across 50 plate appearances. He showed more signs of life during his five-game rehab stint with Double-A Bowie (5-for-14 with two home runs, one double and three walks), but Hays may still have to settle for a fourth-outfielder role initially upon rejoining the big club. Hays should, however, play regularly against left-handed pitching, and he could re-emerge as an option to steal work against right-handed pitching from Cowser and Mullins, both of whom have struggled of late. Cowser is in the midst of a 7-for-50 stretch at the plate over his last 16 games, while Mullins has gone 5-for-50 over the same span and was actually benched against a pair of right-handed starters during this past weekend's series with the Diamondbacks.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Cleared to begin rehab assignment

    Hays (calf) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. Hays has been working out with Bowie as he comes back from a left calf strain and is now ready for his first game action since April 20. With Colton Cowser's production slowing the last couple weeks, Hays could have a chance to regain more reps in left field once he's deemed ready to return from the 10-day injured list.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Working out with Double-A affiliate

    Hays will work out with Double-A Bowie this weekend, but it's unclear when his rehab assignment will start, Jacob Calvin Meyer of The Baltimore Sun reports. Hays is nursing his way back from a strained left calf, an injury he sustained Apr. 20. While an official start date for his rehab assignment has yet to be announced, it's expected he'll do such at Bowie. Colton Cowser has taken hold of the starting job in left field, so the team has the luxury of not being forced to rush Hays back.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Resumes running, hitting

    Hays (calf) said that he's been able to engage in a running program the past few days and plans to hit Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Manager Brandon Hyde implied Monday that Hays had made limited progress in his recovery from a left calf strain, but the outfielder struck a much more optimistic tone when he talked about where he stood in his rehab program Thursday. Hays admitted he's unsure whether he'll need a rehab assignment prior to being activated from the 10-day injured list, as the Orioles could just allow him to get some competitive at-bats in during simulated games. Regardless, Hays likely won't be in store for an everyday role whenever he's activated, as rookie Colton Cowser appears to have established himself as Baltimore's top option in left field.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Limited progress in recovery

    Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Monday that Hays (calf) is showing improvement, but the outfielder has yet to take part in much physical activity since landing on the 10-day injured list April 22, Danielle Allentuck of TheBaltimoreBanner.com reports. Hays is eligible for activation later this week, but he doesn't appear to have made enough progress at this point in his recovery from the left calf strain for his return to be viewed as imminent. Prior to being shelved with the injury, Hays hit just .111 over 45 at-bats on the season and had ceded his spot in the everyday lineup to rookie Colton Cowser.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Slated to run soon

    Hays said Friday that he will test out his left calf strain with some running in a couple days, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hays injured his calf last weekend and was eventually placed on the 10-day injured list Monday. He's feeling better, but the real test will come when he does some running and ramps things back up. Before getting injured, Hays had lost his starting job in left field to Colton Cowser.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Lands on 10-day IL

    Hays (calf) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday. Hays left Saturday's contest due to tightness in his calf, and after further evaluation, it's been determined that he'll require a trip to the injured list. Manager Brandon Hyde stated after the move that he's hopeful Hays will be ready to be activated from the IL by the time his 10 days are up, per Andy Kostka of TheBaltimoreBanner.com. David Banuelos had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk, and Peyton Burdick was designated for assignment in corresponding moves.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Exits with calf tightness

    Hays was pulled from Saturday's game in Kansas City with calf tightness, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hays singled and scored in the top of the seventh inning but evidently his calf began bothering at some point on the bases because Colton Cowser replaced him in left field for the bottom of the frame. It sounds at this point like more of a day-to-day injury, but the timing isn't ideal for Hays since he's already been leapfrogged by Cowser on the left field depth chart.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Back on bench

    Hays is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hays started in both of the first two games of the series with Milwaukee and went 1-for-6 at the dish, which improved his slash line to a still-abysmal .086/.158/.086 over 38 plate appearances. He seems to have already lost out on a regular role against right-handed pitching to Colton Cowser, though the righty-hitting Hays could make for a natural platoon partner in the outfield with either Cowser or Cedric Mullins, both of whom bat from the left side.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Losing playing time

    Hays is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. Hays will head to the bench for the second straight day and the third time in five contests. Slashing just .077/.172/.077 through his first 29 plate appearances of the season, Hays looks to be at risk of falling into a part-time or backup role, if he hasn't already.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Takes seat Tuesday

    Hays is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game at Boston, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hays is 0-for-18 across his past six games and will receive a day to reset Tuesday. Colton Cowser will start in left field and bat seventh.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Back in lineup Saturday

    Hays (illness) is starting in left field and batting sixth Saturday against the Pirates. Hays missed Friday's game due to an illness, but he appears to be over the ailment and will return to left field Saturday. Hays has started the season 2-for-20 with one RBI, three walks and seven strikeouts.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Battling illness

    Hays is not in Friday's lineup versus the Pirates in part because he's under the weather, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde also believes that Hays -- who is off to a 2-for-18 start at the plate this season -- is pressing a little bit. Hays will be at the ballpark for Friday's game and is considered day-to-day. Colton Cowser is handling left field in his place.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: On bench Friday

    Hays is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates. Hays is without a hit in his past 10 at-bats and is 2-for-18 on the season, and he'll take a seat Friday for the second time in Baltimore's past three games. Top prospect Colton Cowser is receiving another start in left field and is 4-for-8 to begin the campaign, and he could take on a larger role if Hays continues to struggle at the plate.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Steps out of lineup

    Hays is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Royals, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hays had started in all four games this season despite suffering a shoulder contusion on a hit-by-pitch over the weekend, but he'll take a seat for Tuesday's contest amid a 2-for-17 start. Colton Cowser will take over in left field in his first start of the year.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Hopeful of playing Sunday

    Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Saturday that he's hopeful Hays (shoulder) is fine and can play Sunday, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. Hays is sore after being hit in the right shoulder by a pitch Saturday, but it sounds like he should be OK. If Hays isn't able to play in Sunday's Grapefruit League finale, he will get in some live at-bats early next week when the O's return to Baltimore.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Pulled from game after HBP

    Hays was removed from Saturday's Grapefruit League contest versus the Blue Jays with a right shoulder contusion after being hit by a pitch, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. Hays initially remained in the game following a conversation with the Orioles' trainer and manager Brandon Hyde, but he was later lifted in between innings. His removal could just be a precaution, but the team should have more clarity on his situation after the game. If healthy, Hays is slated to be Baltimore's primary left fielder.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Starting Friday as expected

    Hays (illness) is starting in left field and batting fifth in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. The 28-year-old has been sidelined by a stomach virus for the past week, but he'll rejoin the lineup with spring training winding down. Hays is once again entering the season as Baltimore's primary left fielder.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Expected back Friday

    Hays (illness) expects to be back in the Orioles' lineup Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hays is still regaining strength after coming down with a stomach virus, but he's feeling better. The 28-year-old is slated to be the club's everyday left fielder in 2024.
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