BALTIMORE—Outfielder DJ Stewart was activated by the Orioles after beginning the season on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring.
Stewart injured his hamstring in a Grapefruit League game on March 5th against Toronto in Dunedin, Florida, and hasn’t played since. He’s batting fifth and playing left field on Saturday night.
“I was actually concerned it was going to be longer,” Stewart said. “I’ve had hamstring problems before in the minor leagues, and this one felt worse than those had been. Everything on the MRIs we did didn’t show anything terrible, like a tear or anything.
“Sometimes different grades of them take a little longer. It definitely took longer than I was expecting it to. Initially, I thought it was going to be a little bit more like a week or two, but I’m just glad to get that over with and be healthy now.”
Stewart was 2-for-8 in four spring training games with two homers and four RBIs.
“When I got hurt, I was feeling really good in the box,” he said. “I came into spring training ready to go. Unfortunately, injuries are a part of it, and they’ve been plaguing me [in] recent years.”
Manager Brandon Hyde said that Stewart will play left field, right field and be the designated hitter. Hyde said that if he uses Anthony Santander as the DH, Stewart could play right.
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