Gallardo pain-free, but no timetable for return

Gallardo pain-free, but no timetable for return

BALTIMORE -- There is no timetable for the return of starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday before Baltimore played the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a four-game series.

Gallardo, a 30-year-old right-hander who went on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with tendinitis in his right shoulder and biceps, has been doing "cuff exercises," Showalter said. Gallardo has been pain-free, but Showalter said it was too early to project when Gallardo could begin throwing.

"It's a process," Showalter said. "But we like the potential of the returns. We'll go as fast as we can, but as slow as we need to."

In four starts, Gallardo has a 1-1 record and a 7.00 ERA in 18 innings, allowing 23 hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts.

In his last start, on Friday in Kansas City, Gallardo felt discomfort in his throwing shoulder and it worsened during his two-inning, 45-pitch outing in which he allowed five hits and four runs in a 4-2 loss.

Gallardo was signed as a free agent in the offseason after going 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA in his lone season with the Texas Rangers.

Kevin Dunleavy is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Washington metro area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.