Two Baltimore Orioles players with COVID-19

(St. Petersburg) The Baltimore Orioles put left-handed pitcher Keegan Akin and outfielder Anthony Santander on the staff list with COVID-19 on Wednesday, just before the game between them and the Rays in Tampa.

Akin was the designated starting pitcher for the game.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde says he learned the news late Tuesday night.

“We follow protocol,” Hyde commented. This is last-minute news, so we’ll know more eventually, but for now both players have been on the injured list as provided for in the COVID-19 protocol and we’ll see what happens next. ”

Alexander Wells, who was part of the reserve formation (taxi squad), took Akin’s place at the mound as a starter. Outfielder Ryan McKenna, who was sent back to AAA on Tuesday, has been reinserted into the roster to replace Santander.

“We saw that a few times with other teams in the league,” said Hyde. This is the first time that this has happened in our team and it is unfortunate, but I saw that other teams had the same kind of problem and that they were able to resolve it quickly. ”

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