Tillman progressing nicely after hip injection

Tillman progressing nicely after hip injection

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman is responding well to a cortisone injection in his left hip flexor on Tuesday.

"That injection, a lot of times you have to take a day or two [off] after," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday. "The only thing is, he's a little sore from the point of entry, but he's doing everything today. He's ready to go. Hopefully that will finish it off."

Tillman and Yovani Gallardo -- who threw his second bullpen session on Tuesday -- are both close to making their respective Grapefruit League debuts, perhaps as early as next week. Showalter said Tillman is tentatively slated for March 9 or 10.

Nolan Reimold served as designated hitter in Wednesday's game, as Baltimore is taking it very cautious in regards to his right shoulder. Reimold doesn't have a specific injury, but Showalter said the O's are trying to rest it early on in camp.

• Given the length of Tuesday's 10-inning game, the Orioles brought a trio of Minor League pitchers on Wednesday: David Hess, Joe Gunkel and Donnie Hart.

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