Orioles designated hitter/outfielder Mark Trumbo was receiving additional input on how to move forward with his balky right knee Tuesday, and undergoing surgery that would likely end his season is among the possibilities.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before Tuesday’s game that Trumbo, who went on the disabled list Monday with what the team called right knee inflammation, said the club was still waiting for more information regarding Trumbo.
“He’s exploring some options and I know [team physician Dr. Michael Jacobs] and him are asking around … and some other [doctors are] looking at it and seeing what the right course of action is.”
Trumbo left the club to return to Baltimore on Sunday when the Orioles went from Cleveland to Toronto to have an MRI performed on his knee. The specifics of what those tests revealed haven’t been divulged.
Trumbo was scheduled to see Ravens team physician Dr. Leigh Ann Curl on Tuesday to receive an additional evaluation of his knee.
A decision on Trumbo’s course of action is expected to be made within the next two days.
He has been bothered by pain in his right knee for most of this season, but has played through it. Recently, it had limited him to DH duties, and he received an injection last Monday that did little to ease the pain. In the days before going on the DL, it was evident that even running down the first-base line caused him discomfort.
Trumbo first missed time because of his knee May 23, sitting out five games with what was described as arthritis and cartilage damage under his kneecap. The problem was aggravated at the time by sliding into second base.
If there is cartilage damage that needs to be cleaned out, arthroscopic surgery could mean a recovery time of at least four to six weeks, which would likely end Trumbo’s season.
Trumbo was one of the Orioles’ best hitters in the second half, posting a .813 OPS in his last 24 games before going on the DL.
Castro meets idol Pedro Martínez
Like many Dominican-born players his age, Orioles right-hander Miguel Castro idolized Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martínez growing up, and during a MLB Network interview before Monday’s game, Castro had a surprise meeting with Martínez.
Castro went on MLB Network to discuss Players’ Weekend, talking about how he will wear “Villa Hermosa” on the back of his jersey, a tribute to his neighborhood in his hometown of La Romana in the Dominican. He also spoke about putting Martínez’s name on his sleeve patch, which is dedicated to a person who has had an impact on the player making it to the majors.
Martínez, who is a MLB Network analyst, joined the interview as a surprise to Castro.
“It was incredible to meet him,” Castro said through interpreter Ramón Alarcón. “It was huge. I still can’t believe it. I admire everything about him, the way he goes about the game, how he prepares, how he attacks the hitter, how he’s always in command and aggressive with his pitches. I love everything about him.”
Castro works closely with Pedro’s older brother Ramon Martínez, a former big league pitcher who is a special assignment pitching instructor with the Orioles. Castro said he’s learned a lot about pitching from watching Pedro’s old film under Ramon’s suggestion.
“Ever since I joined the team, Ramon has been very helpful to me,” Castro said. “He suggested that I watch some of Pedro’s videos, that maybe I can pick up a few things, which I have. He has always encouraged me to pick up from the great guys, especially from Pedro.
“I’ve been able to pick up the way he pitches, his aggressiveness. He’s aggressive with his pitches and just the way he prepares for the game. He has a good work ethic.”
Wilkerson reinstated from DL, optioned to Triple-A
Utility infielder Steve Wilkerson was reinstated from the 10-day DL before Tuesday’s game and was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Wilkerson, who had been on the DL since July 3 with a left oblique strain, played just seven minor league rehabilitation games — two in the Gulf Coast League and five with Double-A Bowie — before being activated. He was hitless in his first four games with the Baysox, going 0-for-14, before a 3-for-5 day in his last game with Bowie on Monday.
Showalter indicated that Wilkerson was an option to return to the major league roster when he was ready to return, but for now, he will play at Triple-A. That stay could be short, however, because he is likely to return when rosters expand Sept. 1
Around the horn
Right-hander Alex Cobb will start Friday’s opener against the Yankees, Andrew Cashner will pitch one game of the team’s doubleheader on Saturday and Dylan Bundy is set to start Sunday’s game. That leaves the next start for right-hander Yefry Ramírez, who was blasted for seven runs Sunday in Cleveland, unclear, but he could be an option for the other doubleheader game Saturday. … Orioles first-round selection Grayson Rodriguez recorded a career-high five strikeouts over three scoreless innings for the team’s GCL club on Tuesday. Rodriguez, who allowed just two hits in the outing, has a 1.40 ERA over 22 1/3 innings with 25 strikeouts and seven walks.