One of the bright spots for the Baltimore Orioles this season has been reliever Richard Bleier. At various points he was spoken about as a potential all-star selection. Now his season might be over after leaving yesterday’s 5-1 loss to Boston with an arm injury.
Bleier threw one pitch, retiring a batter, and felt immediate discomfort in his throwing arm. Heunderwent an MRI at Camden Yards last night, which showed that his elbow was structurally fine. While that’s good news, the term lateral muscle has also been thrown around. Manager Buck Showalter is taking the “wait-and-see approach,” but even he didn’t sound overly promising (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):
Hope for the best. Obviously, he was in a lot of discomfort, so we’ll see. He never had anything like that before. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him for very long. He was pretty down as you can imagine
Odds are Bleier might want to start looking to next year. Assuming this is more than a 10-day DL stint, there’s no reason for him to rush his way back this year. And it’s a shame, because Bleier’s a reliever that was ready to go in any situation. And the Orioles seemed willing to insert him into the game in just about any situation.
Time will tell for Bleier. But I would expect him to be put on the DL at some point prior to tomorrow’s series opener with Miami, and perhaps the likes of Hart or Scott recalled. And I wouldn’t expect him to return anytime soon. Just a prediction.