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Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman receives injection for shoulder tendinitis

Orioles right-handed starter Kevin Gausman received a cortisone shot Sunday because of shoulder tendinitis.
Orioles right-handed starter Kevin Gausman received a cortisone shot Sunday because of shoulder tendinitis. (Gail Burton / AP)

SARASOTA, FLA. — Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman received a cortisone injection today for lingering shoulder tendinitis and will miss his next scheduled spring training start.

When Gausman will next pitch is unknown, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Gausman had been receiving treatment for shoulder inflammation for the last seven to 10 days. The decision was made to give Gausman an injection so it would give him enough time to recover and be ready for the regular season.

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Gausman, who was scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Monday, won't be able to pick up a baseball for the next two or three days as the injection's effect takes course.

"I don't know if it's a big concern," Showalter said. "Anytime a guy needs [an injection], he's had some inflammation there and we just want to get rid of that. We feel good about it structurally. It just hasn't managed to go all away completely, so we have some time here to try to clear it up before we break camp. Hopefully, that's all it is. We'll see where it is in two or three days."

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Showalter said Gausman's tendinitis is similar to what put him on the disabled list for the first time in his career last May. Gausman, who made last year's team as a reliever, ended up missing six weeks and returned to the Orioles as a starter and remained there for the rest of the season. It was believed a decreased workload – he pitched only 12 innings in the season's first month – contributed to the injury.

"I don't think he's ever had a shot before," Showalter said. "We just decided to go ahead and do it now. We've got some time to play with."

Gausman allowed three runs on four hits over four innings in his last spring training outing on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"We thought it would manage and once we reached this date and getting closer to the season, we just wanted to take that precaution to try and let him get that last bit out of there," Showalter said.

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In the last few weeks of spring training, some pitchers do develop tired arms, but Showalter said this situation was different.

"He decided to take one just to get it cleared up," Showalter said. "He'll be down for about three days from the injection before we pick back up again. He's been on the treatment list for about a week or so and just Richie and the doctors and Kevin decided just to try to go ahead and get it out of there while we have time. We'll adjust his schedule a little bit."

Other items of interest:

-- Catcher Matt Wieters resumed throwing – the first time he's done so since leaving last Saturday's game after just one innings – with a 25-throw session gradually working his way out to 60 feet.

Wieters also took live batting practice for the second straight day.

Showalter said he will give Wieters, Pedro Alvarez and Hyun Soo Kim the opportunity to get extra at bats tomorrow in minor league games while the big league team has an off day.

-- Tyler Wilson, Mychal Givens, Brad Brach and Darren O'Day all pitched at the minor league complex as the club shuffled its pitcher following yesterday's rainout.

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