Orioles' prospect Branden Kline expected to miss 6-8 weeks

The Baltimore Orioles now have two prospects injured and expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Yesterday, we covered the injury to prospect Jonathan Schoop.  Now, we are getting word that Branden Kline will also miss 6-8 weeks.  Schoop's injury was as a result of a stress fracture in his back.  Kline's is a fracture in his leg.

A.J Cassavell of MLB.com says Kline underwent surgery yesterday to repair a fracture in his right leg. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks at minimum.  The injury should not have a major impact on his progression through the Orioles system as long as there are no lingering affects.

Baltimore drafted Kline in the second round of last year's draft.  The Boston Red Sox had originally drafted Kline in the eighth round of the 2009 draft, but he chose to go to college rather than sign with the club.  That decision obviously paid off in draft status.  Now, Kline is working his way up for a chance at playing in the Majors in his home state.  He was born in Frederick, Maryland.

Kline has made 11 minor league starts in his career.  He has a 1-2 record with a 5.51 ERA.  Kline will need to improve in many areas if he is going to make the jump to Double-A by next season.  Right now, he is pitching in High-A.


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