Thome may need second epidural injection

Thome may need second epidural injection

Thome may need second epidural injection
BALTIMORE -- Orioles designated hitter Jim Thome (herniated disk in neck) isn't progressing as quickly as hoped, and could get a second epidural injection.

"Not a setback," manager Buck Showalter said of Thome, who tried swinging at the team's spring complex in Sarasota, Fla. "He just feels some weakness in his lat a little bit, which tells you he's probably not inflammation free. He felt real good at home, but the only way to find out where he was is start doing the action he is being asked to do."

Thome was placed on the disabled list on July 31, retroactive to the 28th, and had his first epidural injection in California on Aug. 3. He reported to Sarasota earlier this week, and there's no timetable for his return right now, although a second shot would push him back a few weeks.

Wilson Betemit (right wrist) is expected to head north to avoid the storm coming into Florida, and will either be with the Orioles or Double-A Bowie to get some swings outside. Betemit isn't expected to go out on a rehab assignment until Tuesday or Wednesday.

Troy Patton could pick up a ball for the first time since hitting the disabled list on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Showalter. Patton has been progressing slower than initially expected from a right ankle sprain.