An MRI on Orioles outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo's right rib cage strain provided the team "very positive news," raising the possibility he could return from the disabled list right when he's eligible to be activated next Tuesday.
"That was very encouraging," manager Buck Showalter said.
After Monday's game, he said the decision to put Trumbo on the 10-day disabled list was going to need several more days before they were comfortable testing the injury, which was suffered while he stretched before Sunday's game in Texas.
But the accelerated timeline seems a best-case scenario given fears that he could have suffered an oblique strain.
Trumbo had started every game this season before Sunday's, and is batting .238 with 17 home runs in 103 games.
Showalter laments Myers loss
Right-hander Tobias Myers, the right-hander sent to the Tampa Bay Rays for infielder Tim Beckham, was someone Showalter didn't want to give up, he said Tuesday.
When discussing how Beckham had other suitors, he seemed to indicate Myers, 18, was enough of a difference-maker to have the Rays choose the Orioles' offer.
"They got a good pitcher," Showalter said. "This kid is interesting. Hated to lose him."
Myers, who turns 19 this week, had a 3.94 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings over seven starts with Short-A Aberdeen. The Orioles drafted him in the sixth round of the 2016 draft.
Flaherty rehab could stretch on
Showalter said infielder Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) would have two more games rehabbing for High-A Frederick before he returned to the major league club to work out on Thursday. After that, he could go to Triple-A Norfolk to continue his rehab this weekend.
Asked if Flaherty was close to a return, Showalter deferred.
"I didn't say that," he said. "We'll see where we are on Thursday. There's some things he's still not quite doing."
Flaherty had three hits, including a double and a home run, in 17 at-bats over five games entering Tuesday's action for the Keys.
Around the horn: Placing shortstop J.J. Hardy on the 60-day disabled list Monday didn't impact his return schedule. The day he's eligible, Aug. 18, would have been a best-case scenario. ... Infielder Johnny Giavotella was designated for assignment Tuesday so the Orioles could add infielder Tim Beckham to the roster. He had one hit in 10 at-bats over seven games with the club. "I'm hoping John clears and goes to Norfolk," Showalter said. Beckham will wear No. 1.