SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles appear to be getting healthier as they enter the final three weeks of spring training. Nolan Reimold could return to the exhibition lineup as soon as Tuesday and pitchers, Matt Lindstrom, Tommy Hunter and Zach Britton all are about to return to a normal pitching schedule.
Reimold will visit the dentist today for a checkup to determine what work needs to be done to repair the chipped tooth he suffered when he was hit in the face by a pitch on Friday. He hopes to play in Tuesday's game against the Rays.
"It doesn't hurt,'' he said. "There is no ache. It's just a little hard to line up my teeth because the swelling pushes my jaw forward. I'm scheduled to play tomorrow unless Buck (Showalter) changes his mind."
Hunter threw about 40 pitches in Sunday's "B" game. He said he felt good. Pitching coach Rick Adair said he'll pitch again on Friday, either in the Grapefruit League game against the Twins or in a minor league game. He'll step up to four innings and about 60-65 pitches.
Lindstrom, who woke up with severe back soreness last Thursday, said he's responding well to anti-inflammatory medication. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen today and could be back in game action by Wednesday or Thursday.
UPDATE: Lindstrom threw 30 pitches off the mound and said his back and arm felt good, but said he did not throw at 100 percent. He is tentatively scheduled to throw in Wednesday's game against the Pirates. "I'm looking forward to getting back out there,'' he said.
"I felt great after pitching on Wednesday and then woke up Thursday and couldn't bend over and touch my toes,'' he said. "I'm doing a lot better. The medication they gave me stopped the spasms."
Catcher Ronny Paulino in hoping to get into a routine quickly after missing three weeks waiting on his visa in the Dominican Republic. He said he was surprised that it took so long and had to scramble to stay in shape because all of players he was working out with were over here.
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