MIAMI -- Cesar Izturis began his official rehabilitation on Tuesday, when he joined his teammates and participated in baseball drills for the first time since undergoing an appendectomy on June 5. Izturis is still out for at least a week, but he was able to jog a little bit and take 20-25 swings off a tee on Tuesday.
"No pain, and that's a good sign," Izturis said. "But it's frustrating to be home watching TV. It's part of life, I guess."
Izturis, who was batting .260 with a .293 on-base percentage at the time of his injury, said that his current injury is the most difficult he's ever been through. The Orioles have slotted Robert Andino at shortstop during his absence, but they hope to see Izturis back at his position by the end of the month.
"It's scary, especially when you're in the room by yourself. On that day, the room was cold and I was sweating," he said of his bout with appendicitis. "I got Tommy John [surgery], but this one was worse. It was a pain to sleep and move around and stuff. It's not that easy, especially the first week after the surgery."
Izturis said he's not certain how long his recovery will take, and manager Dave Trembley said the Orioles will do their due diligence before allowing him to return to the field. Izturis will likely need to make a rehab stint in the Minor Leagues before his return, but Trembley said that's a little too far off at this point.
"I think we need at least a week of what he's doing before we consider that. It's these three days here and then let's go with the three days back in Baltimore," he said. "I would expect that each day, they'll kind of up what he does. I would expect that we can get back to Baltimore, he'll probably get an opportunity to get on the field with us, take [batting practice], take grounders, do that kind of stuff. Then see where he's at after the game on Sunday."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.