Orioles second baseman Robert Andino to miss three or four weeks with shoulder injury

The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles received some bad news before their series opener in Minnesota on Monday night.

An MRI taken earlier in the day revealed that second baseman Robert Andino has a left shoulder strain that will shelve him for three to four weeks, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Andino will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, making room for the team to officially recall left-hander Zach Britton to start Tuesday night's game against the Twins.

Andino, who was the team's starting second baseman for the first 2 1/2 months of the season until Brian Roberts' return, became the starter again two weeks ago when Roberts returned to the DL with a labral tear in his right hip.

Andino's injury leaves the Orioles extremely thin at second base. Showalter said the club will likely rotate right-handed hitting Steve Tolleson and left-handed hitting Ryan Flaherty at the position for now.

As for Andino, he will report to the Orioles' spring training facility in Sarasota in a few days to begin rehabbing the injury, before eventually joining one of the organization's minor-league affiliates for a rehab assignment. 

Andino is hitting .230/.292/.325 with five homers, 21 RBIs and four stolen bases in 79 games this season.

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