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Orioles Place Righty on IL as Pitching Depth Thins

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BALTIMORE, MD: Right-hander Dillon Tate and left-hander Nick Vespi have been called up by the Orioles. In tandem, right-hander Dean Kremer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right triceps strain, and right-hander Jonathan Heasley was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. The effective date of Kremer's IL relocation is May 21.

Although the Orioles have not disclosed the extent of Kremer's injury, it will still be a difficulty for the team. The team started a 42-game stretch in 44 days just a week ago, and they intended to go to a six-man rotation to keep their starters fresh. But a forearm strain put John Means on the disabled list Wednesday, and Kremer is now out for the count as well.

Grayson Rodriguez, Kyle Bradish, and Corbin Burnes will now alternate for Baltimore. The last two were reinstated last month, but they were both on the IL earlier this year. Earlier in the season, Albert Suárez and Cole Irvin were both in the rotation, but they were moved to the bullpen. They might both need to go back to their starting roles because this week's injury bug bit them both.

Kremer has spent the last five seasons in Baltimore and is pitching to a 4.32 ERA across 50.0 innings pitched this season. With Kremer hitting the IL, the Baltimore pitching is thinning at an alarming rate.

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