Ondrusek to get second opinion on elbow

Right-hander will visit Dr. James Andrews later in March

March 11th, 2017
Right-hander Logan Ondrusek made seven appearances for the Orioles last season. (AP)

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews to get a second opinion on his right elbow.

Ondrusek, 32, experienced discomfort in his right elbow facing the Tigers on Monday. He has pitched two innings this spring, giving up two runs, two hits and a walk. He is scheduled to see Andrews during the week of March 20.

"I'm kind of waiting to see until I get a second opinion as far as what we're going to do and everything like that," Ondrusek said. "It's not the outcome I wanted, but until I talk to Andrews and see what he has to say. … I don't think it's going to change a whole lot. But it's one of those things, we're just going to wait and see and go from there.

Ondrusek, a 13th-round pick of the Reds in 2005, made seven appearances for the O's last season with an ERA of 9.95.

"I've done this for so long that you get soreness, and you're sore one day, and it's not there the next day," Ondrusek said. "It's just one of those things where over time and seasons, nobody in here is going to come in every day and be 100 percent. But this is one of those things where it's one pitch, and it's kind of like, 'What the heck was that?' You don't think anything of it.

"This one was just, afterward, I felt fine. I didn't think anything was going on and woke up in the middle of the night, and it was hurting a little bit and had to get it checked out. Could it have been something before? I don't know. It's just hard to say."

Ondrusek re-signed with the Orioles in November, agreeing to a one-year deal for $650,000 with a team option for $1.5 million in 2018.

His contract status is a consideration in possibly having surgery.

"If I had a five-year deal, it's a big deal, but it's not as big of a deal, because then you still have the certainty of, 'Oh, I've got five years,'" Ondrusek said. "When you're fighting for spots and doing things like that, obviously, you want to make sure you're taking the right steps and the right process to get back as healthy and as quick as you can. Sometimes, it's a little thing. Sometimes it's a big thing. It's just a matter of what everyone says and come up with the best plan and the best outcome."

Worth noting

• Shortstop J.J. Hardy, who has been sidelined with a back ailment, took ground balls and batting practice on Friday for the first time this spring. He said he's close to a return and could appear in his first Grapefruit League game early next week.

• Zach Britton threw a bullpen session on Friday. Manager Buck Showalter said he's getting close to possibly making an appearance in a game.

• Chris Tillman is scheduled for a bullpen session on Saturday. The outing should help the Orioles decide if Tillman will be able to pitch by April 15, which is the first time the O's will need a fifth starter.

• Chris Davis was not available for the game against the Red Sox on Friday night, sidelined with bronchitis.