Orioles’ Elias touches base on Rutschman, Rodriguez, Hall, Kjerstad and Diaz

BALTIMORE—On the night after Orioles general manager Mike Elias sat among fans who couldn’t stop applauding top prospect Adley Rutschman and congratulated Rutschman’s family after his first major league game, he was back at Camden Yards on Sunday morning, talking about Rutschman’s promotion and what might come next in the team’s rebuild.

Elias called Rutschman’s promotion “tricky timing-wise. We wanted to get him up as soon as possible. We had  hopes that he’d break with the team in Sarasota. He had a very ill-timed injury [strained right triceps muscle] with it being on his throwing arm and him missing the entirety of spring training. It was not something we could rush. There was a very careful rehab process in Sarasota, and an equally careful workload and at-bat buildup in the minors.

“Luckily, he hit the ground running from a hitting perspective, didn’t get a lot of indications that his timing was off … It was really about building up the catching, ultimately checking the boxes of doing three days in a row.”

Rutschman went 1-for-3 with a walk in his debut. His one hit was a triple, and he was smooth behind the plate. He’ll be the designated hitter, batting fifth, in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

“Looking at the schedule, Yankee Stadium didn’t seem like a great option for a debut,” Elias said. “It seemed like he was ready and this weekend made the most sense, and…

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