Orioles DH Jim Thome's back spasms haven't gotten better after receiving a cortisone shot and trigger point treatment this weekend. Thome will take a train back to Baltimore tonight and have an MRI tomorrow morning at 11.
"Usually it's a day or two before that takes hold or [you know] it's going to help," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Thome's treatments. "It wasn't much better today. ... [We want to] make sure there's no structural issues going on there. ... We've had a couple days where he's been unavailable to us, so we want to see what we're dealing with."
The reports on second baseman Robert Andino's first minor league rehab assignment game in Norfolk were good. He was 1-for-5 with an RBI and played all nine innings. Andino wanted to finish the game despite Tides manager Ron Johnson's offer to take him out after seven innings. He will play today and if all goes well, could rejoin the Orioles tomorrow, the first day when he's eligible to come off the DL.
"You'd like to see him just have a couple of games that he plays and feels OK the next day," Showalter said. "That's the big thing.
"We'll see how tonight goes. We have options. If everyone down there, and most importantly Robert, feel like he's fine and ready to go, he would present himself as an option for tomorrow. We'll see how tonight goes."
Here are tonight's starting lineups: