Improving Andino could return to O's on Tuesday

Improving Andino could return to O's on Tuesday

BALTIMORE -- Robert Andino could return to the Orioles as early as Tuesday, with the infielder -- who has been working out with the team the last few days -- set to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday.

Andino, who had never been on the disabled list until this stint, admitted he didn't know what to do with himself and has been fortunate he's been progressing well ahead of the initial timeline of three to four weeks. Andino was placed on the DL July 17 (retroactive to July 16) and has moved quickly with no soreness in his shoulder since starting to swing.

"Every day, it really got better," Andino said of the injury, which occurred when diving for a ball at second base. "[I've been] moving it around, stretching it every day. I didn't keep it still, maybe that's why."

The Orioles' starting second baseman with Brian Roberts on the DL with a hip injury, Andino batted .230 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 79 games. In his absence, the Orioles traded for infielder Omar Quintanilla and has used him primarily at second base.

The plan is for Andino to play Sunday and Monday with Norfolk and possibly Tuesday, though he could join the big league club after two games. Asked what tests he still needs to pass Andino said: "[Getting my] timing back and see how the shoulder is in game speed. Right now, I don't feel it."