Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who said he has never dealt previously with an oblique injury, said he had two platelet-rich-plasma injections into his left side Monday, which could help him to return to baseball activities quicker.
“They drew my blood and injected the platelets from my blood into my oblique because it is supposed to speed up the healing process,” Davis said.
The slugging first baseman is eligible to come off the disabled list May 11, but oblique injuries tend to linger. Davis said there has been no change in his timetable for return.
“It’s the same as it was a few days ago. We have to wait,” said Davis, who has decided to travel with the team on its upcoming road trip to Minnesota and Tampa Bay. “It was pretty sore today, so we’ll wait a couple days to see how I feel, and then continue getting treatment, and hopefully it won’t be too long.”
The PRP injections have become pretty common in baseball over the past few years. Left-hander Zach Britton had the procedure in his left shoulder in March 2012, and right-hander Dylan Bundy had the procedure last April before opting to undergo Tommy John surgery in June.
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Left-hander T.J. McFarland had a rough start in the second game of Norfolk’s doubleheader against Columbus on Tuesday, allowing four earned runs, five hits and three walks in 32/3 innings. He threw 78 pitches, 45 for strikes, in the 7-4 loss. He now has a 3.44 ERA in four starts with the Tides. … Right-hander Suk-min Yoon threw five scoreless innings Tuesday in a 3-0 loss in the first game of the doubleheader. He allowed two hits, three walks and struck out three, dropping his season ERA to 5.24 in five starts. Signed to a free-agent deal out of Korea this winter, he hasn’t allowed a run in his previous two starts spanning 10 innings, after a rough beginning to his career in the United States. … Double-A Bowie right-hander Tyler Wilson was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. He was 2-0 and struck out 18 batters in 12 innings while compiling a 3.00 ERA.