Thome to DL, Andino activated
The Orioles placed Jim Thome on the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday’s game, as an MRI done in Baltimore showed a herniated disk, with infielder Robert Andino activated in his place.
Thome who traveled from New York to Baltimore on Monday, will now go to California to get an epidural from a doctor he is more familiar with from previous injuries. Thome first felt some discomfort when he woke up Saturday morning and he last played Friday, making him eligible to return August 12. He was on anti-inflammatory medication and had trigger-release treatment earlier in the week, but wasn’t making the progress the team hoped which is why he underwent Tuesday’s MRI.
Acquired in a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies, Thome has hit .261 with two homers and six RBIs in 18 games with the Orioles. Chris Davis has served as the O’s primary DH in his place.
Andino, who has been sidelined with a left shoulder strain, played for Triple-A Norfolk the previous two days with no pain. He went 3-for-9 with two RBIs, a walk and a run scored, and an error.
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. Quintanilla got the start again Tuesday.