Orioles second baseman Robert Andino to miss three or four weeks with shoulder injury
By By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun|
Jul 16, 2012 at 6:38 PM
MINNEAPOLIS — 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.