ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Yovani Gallardo returned to Baltimore for an MRI on Sunday. Two months ago, Gallardo had an MRI before he signed and no major differences were found.
Gallardo, who left Friday night’s game in Kansas City complaining of discomfort in his right shoulder, is on the disabled list with an arm-related injury for the first time in his career. He’s been diagnosed with shoulder and rotator cuff tendinitis and received a cortisone injection.
“I think anytime you don’t get any changes from the previous MRI, major changes, I think that’s always a good sign, but it’s just a matter of what’s in there, we were able to find out pretty quickly and start working on it,” Gallardo said.
Gallardo rejoined the team for reevaluation.
“It’s important, we thought, that he come back and start treatment right away. Every day is a day closer to getting him back,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Sitting around in Baltimore for three days is not a good idea. He’s upbeat.”
Showalter didn’t want to compare the injury to the one suffered by Kevin Gausman. He received a cortisone injection for tendinitis on March 20, and is making his season debut on Monday night.
“Educated guess. I’d say similar, but don’t quote me on it. It could be less. It could be more,” Showalter said. “I think a lot of it will be how he feels after the next three or four days. I think you can start doing a timetable after he picks up a ball and starts playing catch.”
Showalter pointed out that Gallardo signed after training camp began. He missed his first scheduled start last month because the Orioles wanted him to build up.
“He wasn’t behind, but there was no margin for error there. I think he may have pushed a little early, so I think this may be a good period for him. I have a lot of confidence that we’ll get the pitcher back that he’s capable of being,” Showalter said.
Gallardo seems philosophical about his injury.
“I think it’s one of those things that pretty much at some point you get it throughout your career. But it’s just a matter of strengthening, making the muscles stronger around the shoulder. That’s the game plan. And hopefully I’ll get back out there as quickly as I can,” Gallardo said.
If it’s similar to Gausman, it will be about a month before Gallardo returns.
“I think honestly the times I’ve been on the DL you can’t really put a set date on it. I mean, you kind of want to say it will be before that and obviously that’s my goal, to try to make sure it’s right. I’ll try to get out there as quickly as I can and not have to deal with it again after that. I think that’s the most important thing. Just whatever time it takes, just get it right and get back out there as quickly as I can and let that be the end of it, instead of going back and forth,” Gallardo said.
Gallardo said he had no hint that there was any injury.
“This is the first time I’ve had anything, any issues with my shoulders since I signed. Since I got drafted in 2004. It just didn’t feel right, that start in Kansas City, and obviously I have nothing really to compare it to from previously,” Gallardo said.
“I’m not the kind of person that likes being on the DL. It’s one of those things. But yet again, you also know you’ve got to be smart about it. At the end of the day you’d rather be out there pitching healthy at 100 percent and playing for these guys instead of just being able to not know what I’m going to get out of it.”
Gallardo hopes to rehab with the club instead of working in Sarasota.
“I don’t know what the plan is from here on out, but obviously it’s to come back and join the team. I want to be around. I want to be around the team. I think it’s a bit of motivation to get to push through this and get through whatever injury it might be to get back there and get healthy,” Gallardo said.