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Orioles notes: O'Day surgery fixes hamstring with eye toward 2019; Tillman schedule unclear

Orioles reliever Darren O'Day said surgery on his right hamstring injury was the only option after receiving a second opinion Friday, with no guarantee that rehabilitating the injury would put the problem behind him.

"It's not a complete tear off the bone, but most of it is off," O'Day said. "I need to functionally get it fixed so it just doesn't happen again. They told me that if I didn't have surgery, it would be 10-12 weeks, which puts me in September, and more than likely it would happen again at some point.

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“So, if I get it fixed, it's six months. So that's a pretty arduous recovery, but it'll put me in better shape next year to be able to compete and not always be wondering if my hamstring was going to go again."

O'Day suffered what he described as a pop Tuesday while attempting to field a bunt, and said Sunday that it's been a longstanding problem with this right hamstring. He said it wasn’t connected to the left hamstring that hampered him in 2016.

"The other hamstring wasn't as bad as this one," O'Day said. "This one is chronic, because it's been bothering me for a long time, but it was a singular event where it ripped off. It's different. The other ones I could just rehab and come back and there was still enough hamstring there that it was hanging on. This one, it's not likely I could come back and be competitive without getting it fixed."

O'Day said he believed he'd have the surgery locally, and as soon as possible, with a period of inactivity and immobility required to let the hamstring heal after it's repaired.

No word on Tillman

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't get a report other than looking at the boxscore of right-hander Chris Tillman's rehab start with Triple-A Norfolk — 3 1/3 innings of eight-hit, five-run ball with a walk and three strikeouts.

"It didn't look very good statistically," Showalter said. "I probably know the same thing that y'all do at this point. I haven't talked about it yet this morning. We've got a lot of other things going on."

Showalter said he would have to wait to speak with pitching instructor Ramón Martinez, who was in Norfolk with him, plus executive vice president Dan Duquette before knowing the next step.

He "shouldn't say for sure" where his next start would be.

"That hasn't been addressed yet," Showalter said. "I'm not sure about all the legalities and how many more times he can do it. I've got an idea that you could think from that outing that he would need to start there again, but I'm not sure. Something could prevent that from happening."

Schoop sits again

Showalter was supportive of struggling second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who was out of the lineup again Sunday and will return Tuesday.

"We had a long conversation yesterday about what he and I [think] — he always has input on it," Showalter said. "Jon's not going anywhere. He's going to figure this out, and he's going to be a contributor again. He already is defensively. We love Jon.

"Jon's a part of our future and Jon's going to be a good player for us for a long time. Jon's got a pure heart. There's a lot of empathy. Can you imagine being as good as he was last year and going through these struggles? He's almost working too hard sometimes."

Around the horn

Infielder Corban Joseph, who was designated for assignment Friday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to a Double-A Bowie, the team announced. … First baseman Chris Davis' "run production is a lot better" since he returned from his hiatus on the bench, Showalter said. "I think his at-bats have been a lot better. Some people may not say, comparatively speaking, but if he continues at this rate and put it over 162 games, I think that's pretty good." … Sunday at Camden Yards, 7-year-old Chloe Brown of Essex got a VIP experience with the umpire crew before the game thanks to Casey Cares, UMPS Care Charties, and Major League Baseball, featuring a meet-and-greet with crew chief Tom Hallion and his crew and a behind-the-scenes look at Camden Yards. Brown is being treated for a brain tumor at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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