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Orioles outfielder Heston Kjerstad is out of the starting lineup Thursday versus the Guardians.
Kjerstad started as the designated hitter on Wednesday in Houston and went 0-for-4 with a pair of punchouts and will take a seat Thursday in Cleveland. The youngster has hit .235 with two home runs in 17 plate appearances since his big-league promotion.
Kjerstad made the most of his limited playing time, launching his first career home run in Friday's game against the Rays.
Although his season stats are still minimal, this performance could be a sign of things to come for the young outfielder. Fantasy owners should monitor his playing time and power potential moving forward.
The Baltimore Orioles have promoted former first-round pick Heston Kjerstad to Triple-A.
Kjerstad, the 24-year-old second-overall pick in 2020, hit .310 with 11 home runs, three stolen bases, and a .959 OPS across 46 appearances at Double-A, very much earning himself a promotion. He could be in line for his big-league debut this season if he can continue to produce at the Triple-A level.
Heston Kjerstad is out 8-to-12 weeks with a higher grade hamstring strain.
Kjerstad does not need surgery but he will miss extended game action which is rough for his development. Kjerstad missed all of 2021 after developing myocarditis and needs all the game action he can get. He will have extended rest and hope to resume in-game action in 8-12 weeks.
Kjerstad pulled his hamstring yesterday in the team’s intrasquad game.
This is unfortunate news for the Orioles’ 2020 first round pick. Kjerstad missed all of 2021 with myocarditis. The second overall pick in the 2020 draft has been standing out in camp and scrimmages according to sources. It’s unfortunate that Kjerstad could miss more time considering he needs all the game time he can get. The extent of the hamstring injury is unknown at this time.