Orioles outfielder-designated hitter Mark Trumbo said he believes being ready for Opening Day could be a possibility after knee surgery late last season and an offseason of rehabilitation.
"It's kind of hard to say ‘definitely,’ but I think of where we're at, there's a lot of optimism," Trumbo said at FanFest on Saturday.
The surgery, which was a relatively new procedure that involved replacing cartilage that had deteriorated in his knee, left Trumbo on crutches for eight weeks after the September procedure. He said he started swinging "within the last week or so," but the rehab was "nonstop."
"I was doing it as we were still playing last season. That was kind of the beginning of it and there hasn't been any kind of letup. It's really important because there's going to be some atrophy if you're on crutches for, I think it was eight weeks. We're working really hard to kind of get the size of both legs as equal as we can."
Going forward, Trumbo said he'd begin running a little more coming up, but he's also thrown without problem.
"I think as we kind of get closer here, I'm going to go down to Florida a little bit early and test it a little bit more," Trumbo said. " I don't see any reason why things won't be where they need to be. … It's probably not going to be totally normal [in spring training], but I'd like to be able to build some momentum and kind of end on a high note. As far as doing all the drills in the first couple of days or weeks, we'll kind of play it by ear. I think if we can kind of ramp up where we need to, that's what I'm hoping for."
Harvey pain-free again
After another season almost lost to injury for 2013 Orioles first-round draft pick Hunter Harvey, first with a shoulder injury and later forearm soreness, the promising but star-crossed right-hander said he hopes this is the year he can show his full potential.
"Everything's feeling good," Harvey said.
Harvey, 24, said he hired a personal trainer to help strengthen his shoulder this offseason, and has thrown a few bullpen sessions already with only the usual soreness that comes with it.
"I worked my butt off this offseason again just trying to prevent injuries, and it's been tough the last few years. But hopefully we can put everything together this year," Harvey said.
Tate had tear
Right-hander Dillon Tate, who was shut down in September with shoulder soreness when the club needed to bring pitchers back after minor league seasons ended because of a lack of arms, said he had a small slap-tear in his right shoulder but won't be hampered by it this spring.