BALTIMORE—For the first time in three weeks, Yovani Gallardo threw on Saturday. Gallardo, who is on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, threw 25 times at 60 feet.
“It felt good. It felt good to pick up the ball. It definitely feels free. It feels like my shoulder is not restricted. A lot of shoulder work the past three weeks, so you can definitely tell the difference. Obviously, it’s just playing catch, but definitely a positive,” Gallardo said.
He’ll throw again on Monday from 90 feet.
“The first couple times it’s going to be every other day and then slowly keep going further back. And just see how it feels tomorrow. Tomorrow, I’m not going to throw, but just the first time out there, it’s obviously the first time in three weeks, but like I said, it felt good. It felt real good to be back out there.”
Gallardo felt the discomfort when he was removed after throwing two innings on Apr. 22.
“I think it was just tight. It just felt like it wouldn’t get loose, it didn’t feel right. I just felt something different that I haven’t felt in my career. One of the things I noticed was when I had my arm up it was kind of hard to keep it up in the higher position to drive the ball to home plate. I think that’s one of the reasons the command wasn’t there. It wasn’t there that game,” Gallardo said.
Manager Buck Showalter was satisfied with the results.
“That was a good step for him. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. It wasn’t just flipping it, he was throwing. It’s got some intensity to it,” Showalter said.
Showalter said that trainer Richie Bancells has Gallardo’s rehab schedule mapped out, but he doesn’t want to disclose it publicly until he begins throwing from a mound.