Outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo returned to the Orioles starting lineup for Tuesday’s series opener against the New York Mets after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right knee Monday.
“He feels better today like we thought he would,” manager Buck Showalter said of Trumbo, who batted cleanup as the team’s designated hitter Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s going to be something that’s completely going to go away until [he gets] a lot of time off. But I don’t think it’s anything he can’t manage. He and [head athletic trainer] Brian [Ebel] have been dealing with it for a while.”
The Orioles might have avoided a real headache in a year full of them by missing out on Jason Vargas, and despite all that’s gone badly for them this season, it looks like Andrew Cashner was the right pitcher to stabilize their rotation.
Trumbo was out of the starting lineup for the past two games before Monday’s day off. Before then, Trumbo was 12-for-24 over his previous six games, including a two-homer, five-RBI game against the Texas Rangers on Aug. 5
Wilkerson returns to games
After more than seven weeks sidelined from game action with a left oblique strain, utility infielder Steve Wilkerson began his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with a 3-for-3 day that included a double, two RBIs and a stolen base playing for the Orioles’ Gulf Coast League team.
“He looked real good,” Showalter said. “[GCL manager Carlos Tosca] said the most impressive thing was that he swung and missed at a changeup and it didn’t bother him. That’s a really good sign. You see with as violently as guys swing nowadays, I don’t know why they don’t sometimes have more obliques.”
Wilkerson’s progress from injury was slower than expected, and the last step before getting into games was swinging without discomfort from the left side.
Around the horn
Outfielder Adam Jones is expected to go on bereavement leave later this week to attend a family funeral, Showalter said. A player put on the bereavement list must miss a minimum of three games and a maximum of seven. … Outfielder Craig Gentry (broken rib) continued his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Frederick. He entered the night 8-for-18 in five rehab games.