Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini has left the club to undergo an undisclosed, “non-baseball” medical procedure, according to manager Brandon Hyde.
“We love Trey and we’re going to respect this privacy in this thing and we’ll have more information as we know more,” Hyde told reporters in Port Charlotte, Fla., where the team was playing the Tampa Bay Rays March 7.
Mancini’s status for Opening Day is unclear.
Mancini has appeared in just five games this spring, collecting four hits and two RBIs in 14 at-bats. Mancini, who has not played since March 2, has missed time for flu-like symptoms, which has also affected several other players.
The rebuilding Orioles would be hampered without Mancini in the lineup. He has established himself as the face of the franchise and was the Orioles’ MVP in 2019. Mancini has proudly said that he wants to be around when the Orioles finally put the pieces in place to build a contender.
Last year, Mancini led the Orioles in doubles (38), home runs (35), RBIs (97), extra-base hits (75), total bases (322), on-base percentage (.364), slugging (.535) and OPS (.899). He also ranked second among AL outfielders in extra-base hits and total bases; third in runs scored; tied for third in hits; fourth in doubles; fifth in multi-hit games; sixth in RBIs; seventh in home runs, and eighth in OPS.
Mancini is also a consummate team player and one of the leaders in the clubhouse. His absence is a major physical and psychological blow to the team.
“I think, like anybody else would, that he’s going to go have further tests done,” Hyde said. “All I can say is we’re thinking about him. We’re just going to respect his privacy in this whole thing. We hate to see Trey miss time, but hopefully it’s not too long.”
Update: Mancini tweeted the following March 8:
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