Orioles starter Yovani Gallardo is expected to spend some time on the DL after leaving last night’s start against Kansas City with shoulder discomfort. Gallardo gave up 5 hits and 4 runs in just 2 innings last night and has been experiencing a drop off in velocity all season. The previously durable Gallardo began experiencing discomfort in his bullpen warmup session, and had a difficult time locating pitches. Gallardo for his part does not sound very confident.
“My shoulder just didn’t feel right. To be honest, it was one of those feelings that I’ve never had my whole career,” he said. That’s a particularly alarming admission from a player who signed a two-year deal with the Orioles in February after the team nixed an agreed-upon third year because of a shoulder problem that came to the forefront in Gallardo’s physical. The 30-year-old has also experienced a notable velocity drop this season, which manager Buck Showalter acknowledged Friday. “I’ve done all the looks at his average velocity in April and May. Every start I’ve looked at them. He’s down,” Showalter said.
Gallardo has flown back to Baltimore for further examination. Gallardo made a lot of headlines this off-season when he failed the Oriole’s notoriously difficult physical. He and the Orioles eventually restructured his deal as a result. A lot of people tend to make fun of the O’s in-depth physicals, however this is one case where it may have been justified. In one way, the move will help alleviate a potential roster problem as the Orioles are expected to activate Brian Matusz before tonight’s game and expect to have starter Kevin Gausman available for Monday’s game.