Yovani Gallardo Injury: Updates on Orioles Pitcher's Shoulder and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo delivers to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo was placed on the disabled list on April 23 because of "right shoulder bicep tendinitis." However, he is set to return to the mound.

Continue for updates.

Latest on Gallardo's Timeline for Return

Tuesday, June 14

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reported that Gallardo will start on June 18 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Gallardo's Diagnosis, Treatment Revealed

Monday, April 25

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reported the Orioles are "encouraged" by Gallardo's MRI, noting there was "nothing new" revealed by the test.

Ghiroli also said Gallardo will "probably get an injection and rest for now."

Showalter Comments After Gallardo Placed on DL

Sunday, April 24

The Orioles announced Saturday that Gallardo was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

"Until we get the MRI and [team orthopedist] Dr. [Michael] Jacobs sees it, you don't know exactly what it is," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). "I don't think anybody knows what's causing the symptoms he has. It's not acute pain or anything. It was just general weakness there."

Orioles GM Comments on Gallardo's Recovery

Saturday, April 23

General manager Dan Duquette provided more insight as to the team's plans for the right-hander, per Kubatko: "Hopefully (Gallardo) will respond to a period of rest and rehabilitation and return to contribute to the team."

Gallardo Comments on Injury

Friday, April 22

After the game, he discussed how his shoulder was giving him problems on the mound, per Encina:

My shoulder just didn't feel right. To be honest, it was one of those feelings that I've never had my whole career. I've never had any issues with my shoulder and I hadn't been. For some reason, in the bullpen it just didn't feel right. I wasn't able to extend to get that release point. I think that's why the ball was just up and all over the place. Felt like the ball was coming out of my hand and the strength wasn't there. Hopefully it wasn't anything serious.

Gallardo only lasted two innings in his last start—a 4-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on April 22:

Gallardo's Velocity Dipping in 2016 from 2015

The injury is concerning since shoulder/elbow fatigue can foreshadow a much larger problem, such as a need for Tommy John surgery. According to BrooksBaseball.net, Gallardo's fastball velocity is 87.95 mph through four starts in 2016. That's nearly a four mph drop from 2015, another worrying sign.

Showalter didn't need to worry about finding a replacement for Gallardo in the rotation, with Kevin Gausman filling in for Gallardo.

Gausman made 17 starts and appeared in 25 games last year, finishing 4-7 with a 4.25 ERA. Once considered a top prospect in MLB, the 25-year-old has yet to fulfill those massive expectations. 


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