Andino could return to O's on Tuesday

Andino could return to O's on Tuesday

NEW YORK -- Robert Andino (left shoulder strain) came through Sunday's game for Triple-A Norfolk with good reports, going 1-for-5 with a single, and if all goes well Monday he will join the Orioles on Tuesday in New York.

"[Triple-A manager Ron Johnson] asked him about coming out of the game about the seventh, eighth inning, [and] he said, 'No, I'm fine,'" manager Buck Showalter said. "[They] said he played well, moved around well."

Andino reported some soreness Monday morning -- which is normal given that he hasn't played in a few weeks -- but otherwise there were no problems. He was scheduled to play again Monday night for Norfolk, and given Andino's rapid progress so far -- he was originally thought to be out three or four weeks -- it's likely he will join the Orioles on Tuesday.

"I'm hoping he feels great after tonight," Showalter said of Andino, who hurt his shoulder diving for a ball on July 15.

The team's Opening Day second baseman, Andino hit .230 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 79 games before landing on the DL. In his absence, the Orioles traded for infielder Omar Quintanilla, and have used him primarily at second base.