Orioles second baseman Robert Andino, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain, appears far ahead of schedule in his recovery and could rejoin the team when he is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday.
Andino will begin a minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday and play games for the Tides on Sunday and Monday, the club announced before Friday's game. He could join the club for their game Tuesday in New York against the Yankees.
That's a switch from what the Orioles had planned hours before Friday's game. The club planned for Andino to play for Double-A Bowie on Tuesday and Wednesday and, if needed, Thursday, and join the Orioles for their series opener in Tampa Bay Friday.
Andino, who took ground balls at second base during batting practice before tonight's series opener against the A's, is slated to play Tuesday and Wednesday for the Baysox and, if needed, Thursday's 11 a.m. game, before flying to Tampa Bay.
He was placed on the DL on July 17 (retroactive to July 16) after being forced from a game two days earlier after catching his shoulder on the lip between the infield dirt and outfield grass while diving for a ball.
Andino began the season at the team's starting second baseman and resumed the starting role after Brian Roberts went back on the DL after just 17 games.