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Trumbo increases quad rehab, nearing return

Davis has cortisone shot to speed up elbow recovery; Showalter staying mum on OD starter
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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo remains out with a strained right quad, but he is hopeful he can return to action soon. Trumbo aggravated the quad on Tuesday against the Twins in Fort Myers.

When manager Buck Showalter reported the injury the next day, he estimated Trumbo could be out up to a week.

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo remains out with a strained right quad, but he is hopeful he can return to action soon. Trumbo aggravated the quad on Tuesday against the Twins in Fort Myers.

When manager Buck Showalter reported the injury the next day, he estimated Trumbo could be out up to a week.

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"It's shown some really good improvement," Trumbo said. "I like where we're going. I think it should be a few more days. It feels quite a bit better than it did. I just kind of got it aggravated there for a few days. It didn't seem like it was smart to keep going at this point in the spring."

Originally, Trumbo felt the soreness on March 3.

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"In spring, you want to work things, because there's natural soreness," Trumbo said. "I think the game against the Twins, it just seemed like it was a little more than normal, so I decided to say something.'"

Trumbo is expecting to ramp up his rehab.

"I'm going to increase activities," he said. "I'm going to hit and run around a little bit today. I think a couple more days, and then I'll probably be back in there."

In 2016, Trumbo led the Major Leagues in home runs, with 47. Last year, he had 23. He's yet to hit one in seven games this spring, and with a .150 average (3-for-20), he's eager to get going.

"I wasn't really tearing the cover off the ball, so I'm not sure if it put a skid on a hot streak," Trumbo deadpanned. "It's timing. I felt fine in the box. I don't think it's going to be a big hiccup, still plenty of at-bats, can go on the road and get some more at-bats. It'll be fine."

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Davis working to get back on field

Chris Davis, who has been out since March 3 with a sore right elbow, received a cortisone shot to help speed the recovery. Showalter hopes he returns next week.

Video: STL@BAL: Davis belts a three-run homer to left

Buck keeping Opening Day starter under wraps

Showalter said that, in his mind, he's decided on a starter for Opening Day, but he's not yet ready to reveal it.

"Of course, if you ask me today, I'd know exactly who it is, but let's wait and see how it kind of transpires," Showalter said.

Opening Day is March 29, and Showalter thinks he'll be ready to announce about 10 days before the opener.

Right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, who started last year's opener, are the leading contenders.

Roster move

The Orioles reassigned right-handed pitcher Jhan Marinez to Minor League camp. Marinez had a 6.75 ERA in four Grapefruit League games.

Marinez's reassignment leaves 48 players remaining in camp.

Signing frenzy

The Orioles announced that they have agreed to one-year contracts with 28 players.

The most prominent players are Bundy, relievers Richard Bleier and Mychal Givens and outfielder Trey Mancini.

Other players signed are pitchers Pedro Araujo, Alec Asher, Miguel Castro, Nestor Cortes Jr., Stefan Crichton, Donnie Hart, Hunter Harvey, David Hess, Chris Lee, Jesus Liranzo, Jose Mesa, Yefry Ramirez, Tanner Scott, Mike Wright Jr., Jimmy Yacabonis and Gabriel Ynoa; catchers Chance Sisco, Andrew Susac and Austin Wynns; infielder Engelb Vielma; and outfielders Jaycob Brugman, Austin Hays, Joey Rickard and Anthony Santander.

Up next

Hunter Harvey gets his third start of the spring as the Orioles travel to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers to play the Red Sox in the first game of a split-squad Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Harvey, the team's top pitching prospect, has allowed two runs on five hits over four innings in his first two starts.

Andrew Cashner is scheduled to make his Orioles and Grapefruit League debut, when he starts against the Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday night at 6:05. The Orioles signed Cashner to a two-year contract on Feb. 15.

Both games will be broadcast live on MLB.TV.

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Saturday.

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