Mark Trumbo tried to play on his sore right knee for a couple of months, but it now appears he will not play another game this season.
Trumbo is headed to California early next week to get one more medical opinion on the best course of treatment for the persistent soreness and swelling that forced him onto the 10-day disabled list Monday.
He was sent back to Baltimore for an MRI and has been evaluated by the Orioles medical staff. He also has had the results of the MRI reviewed by orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews.
“I’m going to travel to Northern California [for an appointment] on Wednesday and receive a few additional inputs before deciding what exactly makes the most sense,’’ Trumbo said.
When asked if he was leaning toward surgery, Trumbo conceded that it “probably is the best option,” but said he wants to get all the information he can before making a final decision.
“There are quite a few different ideas,” he said, “so ultimately we have to meet and decide what’s best for the short term and the long term, so we’ll see,”
Manager Buck Showalter said he wasn’t ready to give up on Trumbo playing again this year, but said the most important thing was having him back fully healthy for next season. He endorsed Trumbo’s due diligence seeking a full range of medical opinions.
“He wants to make sure that he takes the right course of action. Really, the two or three ways he can go are all going to end up in a good place,” Showalter said. “But he’s going to make sure he gets all the information. If you know Mark — and [head trainer] Brian [Ebel] and our doctors — that’s what they do.”
The Orioles and New York Yankees will wear special jerseys all weekend with each featuring a nickname chosen by each player, who also will wear a patch thanking someone who has played an important role in his life.
The nicknames range from silly to sentimental to mundane. Rookie Cedric Mullins managed to get “The Entertainer” to fit across his shoulders, and he isn’t a big guy. Miguel Castro is wearing “Villa Hermosa” in tribute to his home in the Dominican Republic.
Of course, some members of the team who have long-standing nicknames simply went with them. Showalter went with “Buck.” Bullpen coach Alan Mills has been “Millsy” since he pitched for the Orioles in the 1990s. Mike Wright Jr. has been known as “Bird” since college.
Most of the players used their “thank you” patch to shout out to family members for helping them on their journeys to the major leagues. The most common expression on the Orioles’ patches is “Mom and Dad.”
The baseball-wide Players’ Weekend promotion will raise money for the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.
Let’s play two
The Orioles will play another two-admission doubleheader Saturday at Camden Yards — the second featuring the Yankees this season. The teams also played two July 9, with the Orioles winning the first game, 5-4, and the Yankees hammering them, 10-2, in the nightcap.
Rookie Jimmy Yacabonis, who pitched well in the first game that day, will get the call again to start the first game Saturday, which begins at 1:05. Andrew Cashner will be the starter in the 7:05 game.
Around the horn
Alex Cobb entered Friday night’s game leading the club with 13 quality starts, but has been the winning pitcher in just four of those games. … The Orioles entered Friday having averaged 9.1 hits per game since the All-Star break.
Read more from columnist Peter Schmuck on his blog, "The Schmuck Stops Here," at baltimoresun.com/schmuckblog.
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