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Gallardo back with team after cortisone injection

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Gallardo back with team after cortisone injection

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. 

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

Cal Ripken Jr.'s 25-acre, 8,545 square-foot home went up for auction this past Saturday and the highest bidder was......Adam Jones? 

The center fielder is purchasing the Orioles legend's former Reisterstown, Md. estate, according to The Athletic

Placed on the market in 2016 for $12.5 million, Ripken reduced the price to $9.7 million last year but was still unable to find a willing buyer. The estate was eventually put up for auction and sold to Jones for an undisclosed amount. 

The six bedroom home has 10 full bathrooms, a movie theater, a gym that overlooks an indoor basketball court, a pool and a baseball field with batting cages, a locker room and soaking tubs. One of the tubs was taken from Memorial Stadium and used by Johnny Unitas and Art Donovan, but Ripken is keeping that one. 

What makes this purchase even more interesting is that Jones will become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, but that does not mean he plans on re-signing with the team. The 32-year old, who is in his last year of a six-year $85.5 million contract, is known to dip his toes in real estate investments and his wife, Audie Fugett, is a Baltimore native. 

The deal is scheduled to close on June 11. 

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David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense

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David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense

BOSTON -- One strike away from a four-hit shutout, David Price happily settled for a complete game and his strongest outing of the season.

Price struck out eight and held Baltimore to five hits, including two in the ninth when the Orioles broke up the shutout before the Boston left-hander finished them off in a 6-2 victory for the Red Sox on Thursday night.

"He was amazing," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "He was outstanding. You saw it. Bad swings, up, down, in and out, changeup, cutter, sinkers ... that was fun to watch."

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xander Bogaerts homered with two on during a four-run fifth, giving Price more than enough cushion against the struggling Orioles.

Price (4-4) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. He cruised through the first eight innings before Andrew Susac led off the ninth with a double, the first Baltimore player to reach second base in the game.

Manny Machado spoiled the shutout bid with a two-out homer, but Price finished off Baltimore on Jonathan Schoop's pop-up to center as the Red Sox improved to 4-0 against Baltimore by taking the makeup game that was rained out on Patriots' Day.

"They're a free-swinging team," said Price, who threw just 95 pitches. "You can go out there and do that or you can go out there for three innings and give up a bunch of runs."

Danny Valencia had a pair of hits for the punchless Orioles, who have lost three of four and have the second-fewest wins in the American League. Valencia nearly had a double in the fifth, but got thrown out at second by left fielder Andrew Benintendi, one of several strong defensive plays that helped Price go the distance.

Hanley Ramirez also caught a foul pop on the top step of Boston's dugout in the second and Mookie Betts ran down a fly ball that was headed to the wall in right.

"The defensive plays that I had today, it makes everything a lot easier," Price said.

Kevin Gausman (3-3) went 4 2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing six runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two. He was pulled after Bogaerts drove a high fastball out to left with two men on during Boston's four-run fifth.

"We just got into some sticky situations where we just had to dig ourselves out of a hole and we just couldn't," Susac said.

The Orioles also weren't happy with the strike zone, which Susac said forced Gausman to throw some pitches the Red Sox pounced upon.

Manager Buck Showalter agreed with his catcher.

"I'm very biased, but I didn't think he got a fair shake tonight," Showalter said. "There were a lot of pitches that could have and should have gone his way."

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