Jay Ryan

Gibbons nears return from DL

MINNEAPOLIS -- After running and making cuts on the Metrodome artificial turf yesterday, Orioles right fielder Jay Gibbons is confident he'll soon be back on the field.

And that would help return some normality to what he said has been one of the most difficult periods of his life.

"This has been about as tough of a 2 1/2 weeks as I have ever had," Gibbons said. "There's no doubt about it."

On May 23, Gibbons' mother died unexpectedly. Three days later he crashed into an outfield wall in Anaheim, Calif., and injured his left hip and right knee.

"To go through something like [his mother's death], I know everybody has to, but I don't wish...