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Orioles SP John Means (elbow) was activated from the 60-day IL Tuesday.
Means will make his season-debut Tuesday night against the Cardinals. Means last pitched in the majors in April of 2022 and unfortunately had a few setbacks in his rehab earlier this season. The 30-year-old completed six rehab outings in the minors, posting a 3.74 ERA over 21 2/3 innings pitched. Fantasy managers should expect the Orioles to keep a close eye on Means and manager his workload early.
John Means played catch on Monday.
Means continues to target a return at some point this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. There is not a clear timetable for his return, but he is progressing.
John Means has suffered a setback while rehabbing. Means is dealing with a pulled muscle in his upper back/scapula area.
Orioles’ general manager Mike Elias stated that a July return will not happen after Means’ recent setback, but the team still expects him to return in 2023. Means will need multiple rehab starts before returning to the Orioles’ rotation, meaning a mid-August or September return is more likely at this point.
John Means was able to throw breaking balls for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Means has completed one of the major hurdles prior to his return to the Orioles’ rotation. He has now thrown a bullpen session featuring all of his pitches. Means is still expected to return sometime in July.
John Means (elbow) was placed on the 60-day IL to begin the season.
The move was expected as Means is not expected to be back until July or August. The 29-year-old is continuing to work his way back from Tommy John surgery and fantasy managers should have low expectations for Means this season.