Andino out 3-4 weeks with left shoulder strain

The injury problems continue to pile up for the Orioles, who will be without second baseman Robert Andino for 3-4 weeks after Monday’s MRI revealed a left shoulder strain. Andino will be placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, with starter Zach Britton taking his roster spot, and his absence is another blow for an already-depleted Orioles team.

Baltimore’s Opening Day second baseman, Andino is batting .230/.292//325 with five home runs, 21 RBIs and four stolen bases in 79 games and has taken over full-time duties in the absence of veteran Brian Roberts. Andino got hurt in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game while diving for Alex Avila’s RBI single off starter Miguel Gonzalez, which gave Detroit a 3-0 lead. He dove to his left and stayed down after the ball went to right field and later exited the game, with immediate X-Rays on the area coming back negative.

The 28-year-old Andino stayed back in Baltimore and was put in a sling, according to manager Buck Showalter. Showalter also said that Andino will report to the team’s spring facility in Sarasota, Fla. after a few days of rest to let the area calm down. The initial timetable is 3-4 weeks and the good news is the injury isn’t on his throwing arm, but Andino will still need to get some at-bats with one of the team’s affiliates before he is activated.

Showalter said Steve Tolleson and Ryan Flaherty are the two internal options on the roster to replace Andino, with Tolleson getting the start for Monday’s series opener in Minnesota. Tolleson, who came up through the Twins Minor League system, last played second base in the Majors in 2010.

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