Yovani Gallardo's physical hits snag as Orioles call for additional testing to be done

SARASOTA, FLA. — The Orioles planned to have their three-year, $35 million deal with Yovani Gallardo complete by the time the club conducted its first full-squad spring training workout Wednesday.

But that process has been delayed as Gallardo's club physical has hit a snag. Club doctors ordered additional tests to be done Tuesday afternoon after reviewing the MRI of his physical, according to an industry source.


Still, at this time, there is no indication that the deal with Gallardo is in danger of falling through.

One key caveat to the Orioles' agreement with Gallardo is not only the monetary investment the club is making in him, but the fact that they will be forfeiting their first-round draft choice (currently 14th overall). The team has spent all offseason weighing the value of the draft pick and the long-term risk of losing it.


One of the reasons the Orioles were intrigued by Gallardo is his track record of durability. Over the past seven years, Gallardo averaged 32 starts and 191 innings, and his medical records were clean.

There is no secret that the Orioles are extremely meticulous with their physical-exam process. Earlier this offseason, deals with known commodities Chris Davis and Darren O'Day took several days to complete.

And over the years, several free-agent deals fell apart because of physical issues. The Orioles appeared near a four-year, $40 million deal to retain Nick Markakis after the 2014 season, but the team was hesitant to offer a fourth year because it was concerned about an MRI on Markakis' neck that showed a bulging disk.

In December 2013, the Orioles had a two-year, $15 million deal in place with right-hander Grant Balfour to be the team's new closer. But the deal fell apart when the team grew concerned with the condition of Balfour's shoulder during his club physical. That same offseason, a deal with outfielder Tyler Colvin fell apart because of a failed physical.

Over the years, the club has had agreements in place with players such as Jeromy Burnitz, Xavier Hernandez and Aaron Sele, only to have medical issues — or medical-related contract issues — cause the deal to fall apart.

Change of pace for Bundy: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he noticed improvement in Dylan Bundy's second bullpen session Monday from his first, saying the pitching prospect looked more comfortable on the mound.

"I thought yesterday was [good]," Showalter said. "I thought the first day he was just feeling around a little bit to see how it was going to respond or feel. Yesterday, it was a little more — I don't want to say reckless. His arm was a lot looser. … He threw a good breaking ball."

Showalter said that Bundy, who has pitched in just 17 minor league games since Tommy John elbow reconstruction in 2013, has developed an above-average changeup over the course of his recovery.


"He's always had a decent one, but it's a weapon for him now," Showalter said. "He's got the stuff one day to start to potentially get back to that. We'll see. That's a long way down the road — not a long way, but we've got to go through step one first. … I think he's been working smarter. ... He's been very diligent to understand that more is not always better and I think he's more mature about his work."

Around the horn: In Wednesday's first full-squad workout, Orioles pitchers are scheduled to throw in the indoor cages and position players will track pitches. Rain is expected during the day. … Showalter said Tuesday afternoon the only player he hadn't seen this year in major league camp was outfielder Alfredo Marte, but players had until Tuesday night to report. … Showalter continues to be intrigued by Jeff Beliveau, who is coming off labrum surgery, and said he was impressed by the breaking balls the left-hander threw Tuesday. The Orioles hope that he could be an option for the minor league bullpen by May. … Right-hander Mychal Givens' high school number was going to be retired Tuesday at his alma mater in Tampa, but because the Orioles scheduled a team meeting at the same time the ceremony was moved to Thursday. … Right-hander Brad Brach won the longest drive competition at Monday's OriolesReach Birdland Golf Classic benefit tournament with a 288-yard drive into the wind. … Double-A Bowie manager Gary Kendall, who was working with the major league staff during the first few workouts this spring, will report to the Twin Lakes complex on Wednesday to help coach the minor league minicamp.