The Orioles got bad news on Saturday when it was announced that closer Félix Bautista will go to the injured list with a UCL injury. Photo Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Aug 25, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Felix Bautista (74) walks off the pitcher’s mound after slipping while throwing a ninth inning pitch against the Colorado Rockies at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

If the Baltimore Orioles are going to win the American League East and go on a deep postseason run, they’ll likely have to do it without their star closer, Félix Bautista.

Bautista left Friday’s win over the Colorado Rockies with two outs in the ninth inning. On Saturday, we learned the extent of the injury.

Orioles announcer Melanie Newman reported on Saturday that Bautista is headed to the injured list with “‘some degree of injury’ to his UCL.”

In speaking about the injury, general manager Mike Elias was asked about a potential return in 2023. While Elias didn’t offer a specific timetable, his response was far from optimistic.

Bautista is in the midst of a dominant season. In 56 appearances, he’s posted a 1.48 ERA, 0.918 WHIP, has struck out 16.2 hitters per nine innings pitched and locked down 33 saves.

The MLB world lamented the All-Star closer’s injury.

In addition to being one of baseball’s best closers, Bautista has also been one of the most used. He has 61 innings pitched in those 56 appearances. Of MLB’s top-10 save leaders, only Bautista and David Bednar have more innings pitched than appearances.

The Orioles have been one of baseball’s best teams. Very little has gone wrong for them this season, at least on the field. Entering Saturday’s action, Baltimore’s 80-48 record is the best in not just the American League East, but the entire American League.

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