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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Remains in organization

    McKenna cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, Cordell Woodland of 105.7 The Fan Baltimore reports.

    The 27-year-old was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Thursday but will stick in the organization after passing through waivers unclaimed. McKenna has appeared in 282 games for Baltimore since he debuted in 2021 and has a career .617 OPS in the big leagues.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Dismissed from 40-man roster

    The Orioles designated McKenna for assignment Thursday.

    McKenna and corner infielder/outfielder Tyler Nevin were the Orioles' final cuts as the organization trimmed its active roster to 26 men ahead of Thursday's season opener versus the Angels. The 27-year-old outfielder served mainly in a reserve role during his various stints with the big club in 2023, slashing .254/.316/.361 over 139 plate appearances. The Orioles will hope that McKenna goes unclaimed off waivers so that he can remain in the organization as outfield depth at Triple-A Norfolk.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Lagging behind in outfield battle

    McKenna has gone 1-for-13 over his first six Grapefruit League games.

    McKenna is in a deep battle for a spot on the Orioles' roster. Prospects like Heston Kjerstad, Colton Cowser and Kyle Stowers are all in the mix for at least a reserve role in the outfield. Any of them could also be options at designated hitter, but the team is unlikely to carry more than five total outfielders. At this stage of spring training, McKenna shouldn't be favored to break camp with the team.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Stays with O's

    McKenna signed a one-year contract with the Orioles on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

    There had been some thought that McKenna could be a non-tender candidate, but the O's like his ability to play all across the outfield. The 26-year-old will be competing for a bench spot in the spring.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Not on playoff roster

    McKenna isn't listed on the Orioles' roster for their ALDS matchup with Texas, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Despite serving as outfield depth for most of the regular season, McKenna will be unavailable for the ALDS. His role with the Orioles has diminished significantly since the arrival of Heston Kjerstad, who was promoted in mid-September and was awarded a spot on the playoff roster.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Sent back to Norfolk

    Baltimore optioned McKenna to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of reports.

    Ryan Mountcastle (shoulder) has been activated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding roster move. McKenna did not receive a plate appearance during his one-week stay with the Orioles.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Back in majors

    McKenna was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, Jake Rill of reports.

    McKenna is back for another stint with the big club as Ryan Mountcastle (shoulder) goes on the injured list. It's possible he sees a little action versus lefties, but ultimately his playing time figures to be sparse.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Heads to Triple-A

    McKenna was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday.

    Though Ryan Mountcastle (shoulder) will avoid the injured list for now, he's banged up enough for the Orioles to desire another power-hitting bat off the bench. Enter Heston Kjerstad, who was called up from Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday to replace the light-hitting McKenna on the 28-man active roster. The 26-year-old McKenna has mustered a .677 OPS across 129 plate appearances for Baltimore this season.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Swipes two bags Tuesday

    McKenna went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases in Tuesday's 9-3 win over the White Sox.

    The outfielder started the game on the bench but pinch hit for Adam Frazier in the seventh inning and remained in right field, and McKenna got the opportunity to rack up some numbers when the O's offense erupted for eight runs over its final two frames. The 26-year-old has three of his five steals on the season over the last two games along with three hits, four runs and four RBI, but with Baltimore's starting outfield healthy and Aaron Hicks (back) potentially rejoining the lineup in early September, playing time will be hard for McKenna to come by.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Drives in two

    McKenna went 1-for-3 with a walk, two RBI, one stolen base and two runs scored in Monday's 9-0 win over the White Sox.

    McKenna has gone 4-for-15 (.267) over seven contests since he was recalled to the majors to provide outfield depth with Aaron Hicks (back) sidelined. For the year, McKenna is slashing .250/.310/.353 with two home runs, a career-high three steals, 16 RBI, 20 runs scored and six doubles over 132 plate appearances. He'll likely see most of his playing time against southpaws, though he got the nod in left field versus a right-hander (Michael Kopech) for Monday's game.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Back in big leagues

    McKenna was recalled by the Orioles on Saturday.

    McKenna will fill the roster spot vacated by Aaron Hicks, who landed on the injured list with a lower-back strain. McKenna can play all three outfield positions but is unlikely to serve as anything more than a backup considering he owns a .670 OPS at the major-league level this season and a .612 OPS for his career.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Sent back to minors

    McKenna was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, Roch Kubatko of reports.

    McKenna had been playing a little more frequently lately due to the struggles of rookie Colton Cowser, but with Cedric Mullins back from the injured list, his opportunities were going to dry up. McKenna will head to Norfolk and wait for another chance.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Sits in second straight

    McKenna is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    McKenna is sitting for the second game in a row while the Orioles continue to lean on a three-man committee consisting of him, Jorge Mateo and Colton Cowser in center field. Cowser will get the nod Tuesday after Mateo went 2-for-5 with a triple and a run while starting in center field in both of the previous two contests.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Picks up steal Friday

    McKenna went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Friday's 10-3 win over the Mets.

    McKenna has gone 3-for-15 (.200) with a walk and two RBI over seven games since he was called up from Triple-A Norfolk. The outfielder is getting a share of playing time in center field while Aaron Hicks (hamstring) and Cedric Mullins (groin) are both out, but that may not last much longer with both of them likely within two weeks of a return. McKenna also has to contend with Colton Cowser for at-bats. For the season, McKenna has a .245/.305/.362 slash line with two home runs, two steals, 13 RBI and 17 runs scored over 107 plate appearances in the majors.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Garners sixth straight start

    McKenna will start in left field and bat eighth in Sunday's game against the Mets.

    Even though he's gone 2-for-16 over the Orioles' previous five games, McKenna will pick up his sixth consecutive start in the outfield Sunday. The righty-hitting McKenna has benefited from the Orioles facing four left-handed starting pitchers during the six-game stretch, but he may rank as Baltimore's preferred third outfielder alongside Austin Hays and Anthony Santander while both Cedric Mullins (groin) and Aaron Hicks (hamstring) are on the shelf. Touted prospect Colton Cowser is hitting just .125 in 70 plate appearances since being called up from Triple-A Norfolk on July 5 and doesn't appear deserving of a regular role with the big club.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Returns to big leagues

    The Orioles recalled McKenna from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.

    McKenna has put up a .707 OPS with two home runs and one stolen base over 62 games with the big club this season. He will give the Orioles someone capable of filling in at all three outfield spots, although he ultimately doesn't figure to play much.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Sent to Triple-A

    McKenna was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, Andy Kostka of reports.

    His roster spot is being absorbed by top prospect Colton Cowser. McKenna has put up a .707 OPS with two home runs and one stolen base over 62 games in a reserve role for the Orioles this season.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Walks it off Saturday

    McKenna hit a walk-off two-run home run in Saturday's 6-4 extra-inning win over the Mariners.

    Anthony Santander went 4-for-4 but gave way to McKenna as a defensive replacement late in the game. McKenna then came through on offense, taking Justin Topa deep for the walk-off win. Playing time remains sparse for McKenna -- he has just 11 at-bats over 15 games in June, but he's collected a hit in three of his last four games. The outfielder is at a .250/.391/.395 slash line with two homers, 10 RBI, 14 runs scored and a stolen base over 83 plate appearances. With Cedric Mullins back from a groin injury, McKenna's path to playing time has gotten even tougher, so he'll likely remain a bench bat.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Starting in center field

    McKenna is starting in center field and batting eighth on Thursday versus the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of reports.

    McKenna's playing time usually comes against lefties, but he's getting the call here versus righty Clarke Schmidt. Cedric Mullins will receive a day of rest.

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  • Orioles' Ryan McKenna: Picks up hit off bench

    McKenna (back) went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored in Baltimore's win over the Angels on Tuesday.

    Tuesday's appearance was McKenna's first since May 8, as the outfielder has been out of the lineup due to back troubles. McKenna is out of the starting lineup again Wednesday against the Angels, but he should be available off the bench if necessary.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Grants Pass, OR
Age: 27
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R