Orioles notebook: Yovani Gallardo's rehab going well

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
The Orioles don't yet know when Yovani Gallardo will be back, but they have high hopes for his return.

There has been no indication on when right-hander Yovani Gallardo will return from the right shoulder tendinitis that put him out of action late last month. When he does, the Orioles believe the wait will be worth it.

Gallardo went on the disabled list on April 23 after being lifted following two treacherous innings against the Kansas City Royals the night before, and has been doing a shoulder strengthening program the team believes will get results.

"He's doing good," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I'm very optimistic on the return we're going to get on some of the things he's doing. He's moving toward throwing before too long."

Gallardo made four starts for the Orioles, and said his shoulder only started bothering him in the most recent one against the Royals. He has allowed 14 runs on 23 hits and seven walks in 18 innings, going 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA.

Injuries for 2013 top picks: Showalter said top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey's sports hernia surgery on Monday "came out good," and updated his expectations for the young pitcher who hasn't pitched in an affiliated game since July 25, 2014.

Elbow problems shut Harvey down at the end of 2014, and a combination of a leg fracture and more arm troubles kept him off the mound for all of 2015. The Orioles' 2013 first-round draft pick pitched through minicamp and spring training and reported no issues, but what the team thought was a groin injury popped up in spring training and never healed.

"I think if he pitches from June, July on and finishes up strong like we think he can, I think he's OK," Showalter said. "But you'd really like to see him get the ball every fifth day at some point there and kind of get some of that experience he needs to finish off some things."

The Orioles' other first-round pick in 2013, outfielder Josh Hart, is also battling injuries. Hart went on the disabled list at High-A Frederick, retroactive to Sunday, with a left groin injury. He is batting .154 with two home runs in 19 games for the Keys this season.

Around the horn: Left-hander Jeff Beliveau, who was signed as a minor league free agent during the offseason while recovering from shoulder surgery, was activated from the Triple-A Norfolk DL and was assigned to Frederick. Beliveau was a pitcher who Showalter spoke highly of when he saw him throw during spring training and the team's January minicamp. … Former Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson (St. Paul's) was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.

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