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With 'no changes' in MRI, Orioles hope Yovani Gallardo returns in about 4 weeks

KANSAS CITY, MO. — The Orioles hope right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who went on the 15-day disabled list this weekend with right shoulder tendinitis, can return to the club's starting rotation in about four weeks.

A new MRI on Gallardo's ailing right shoulder Sunday showed "no changes" from the MRI taken two months ago during Gallardo's club physical, before the Orioles signed him in February, according to an industry source.

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Gallardo left Friday's game in Kansas City after just two innings after feeling discomfort in his shoulder and was placed on the DL before Saturday's game against the Royals, marking the first time in parts of 10 major league seasons that he has gone on the DL with an arm-related injury.

Gallardo initially agreed to a three-year, $35-million deal with the Orioles in the offseason, but concerns over the durability of Gallardo's right shoulder — as well as the fact that the team had to forfeit its first-round draft pick to sign Gallardo after he declined the Texas Rangers' $15.8 million qualifying offer — led the sides to agree to a restructured two-year deal guaranteeing him $22 million.

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So while the initial MRI on Gallardo's shoulder wasn't clean, there was no indication that the new one showed additional damage.

Gallardo was evaluated by Orioles team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs on Sunday in Baltimore, where he also received a cortisone injection in his shoulder.

His recovery program will follow the same blueprint that right-hander Kevin Gausman went through in his recovery from shoulder tendinitis.

Gausman, who will be activated from the DL to start Monday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, received a cortisone injection March 20. He didn't begin a rehabilitation assignment until April 10, and made three starts during his minor league rehab stint.

Gallardo will rejoin the team Monday in Tampa Bay and will continue receiving treatment from team athletic trainers.

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