Orioles' shortstop Cesar Izturis begins his rehab process in Double-A Bowie Thursday evening with the Baysox. Manager Brad Komminsk said the plan is for him to play two games here, six innings apiece.
"I feel good," Izturis said before his first game since June 3rd. "Hopefully I can go out there tonight and give 100 percent and be ready for Friday."
Izturis had an emergency appendectomy on June 5th and is expected to re-join the Orioles on Friday when they return from their west-coast swing to face the Toronto Blue Jays. Izturis' addition to the Orioles roster will force a roster move with the big club and force Robert Andino back into a utility role.
At the time of his appendectomy, Izturis was batting .260, right on his career mark, had stolen nine bases and scored 16 runs in 45 games. After struggling through March and April, hitting only .242, the shortstop boosted his average by batting .276 in May.
The 25-year-old Andino has filled in admirably, batting .241 on the season and scoring 20 runs in his 46 games this season. Both Andino and Izturis have committed five errors on the season, Andino with a .973 fielding percentage, while Izturis had a nearly identical .976 percentage before being placed on the disabled list.
More Injury Notes
Left-handed reliever Wilfrido Perez is back on the disabled list. Manager Brad Komminsk said he did not know what the problem was, but Perez had an MRI and his elbow has "swollen up." He has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to Sunday.
Right-handed pitcher Zach Clark has been activated on the Baysox roster after suffering a shoulder injury prior to the season. He was not sure exactly how to describe the injury but said it was "awesome" to be back. Baysox pitching coach Larry McCall said Clark will start out in the bullpen and will be used as a starter if needed.
All Star Notes
Former Baysox reliever Josh Perrault has been promoted to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. He earned Eastern League All-Star honors after going 0-2 with a 1.80 ERA, striking out 41 batters in 40.0 innings. The 27-year-old saved a career high 16 games.
Brian Matusz who was selected to the All-Star Futures Game, to be played on Sunday, will miss his scheduled Sunday start with the Baysox. Matusz is 7-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 14 games over High-A Frederick and Double-A bowie. Matusz actually has a 0.49 ERA in three starts with the Baysox, giving up just one earned run in 18.1 innings.