Orioles ace John Means exits begin early with forearm tightness

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In his second begin of the 2022 season, Orioles ace John Means was faraway from the sport after 4 innings and 51 pitches. Provided that he had solely allowed two runs on two hits, it was a bit regarding.

The primary replace from the group will not alleviate a lot of the priority. The Orioles have mentioned that Means has left forearm tightness. That is a bit scary, as a result of far too many occasions an preliminary harm report of “forearm tightness” to the throwing arm finally ends up being a torn ulnar-collateral ligament, which results in Tommy John surgical procedure.

To be clear, this is not the case each single time and we actually aren’t saying that is the route Means is headed. Merely, that is the rationale listening to the information is probably scary.

Means, 28, has been a really efficient starter since becoming a member of the Orioles’ rotation on a full-time foundation in 2019. He entered Wednesday’s outing with a profession document of 20-24 (the Orioles have been one of many very worst groups in baseball all through his tenure) and a 3.80 ERA (123 ERA+) with a 1.09 WHIP and 306 strikeouts in 352 2/3 innings. In a sea of principally unreliable pitching the final a number of years, Means has supplied some actual stability to the rotation.

Means did miss about six weeks final season resulting from a shoulder harm and battled left arm fatigue in 2020, so this is not the primary trace of troubles along with his pitching arm.

We’ll maintain out hope the following replace from the Orioles has excellent news on Means’ elbow/forearm.