Next step for Strop possibly a rehab assignment

Next step for Strop possibly a rehab assignment

BALTIMORE -- Orioles reliever Pedro Strop (strained lower back) may be close to going on a Minor League rehab assignment as he works his way back from the 15-day disabled list.

Manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Strop would likely get another bullpen session before potentially throwing a simulated game. Strop has thrown several bullpen sessions with pitching coach Rick Adair since being placed on the DL on May 25.

He will be re-evaluated Monday, at which point they'll decide if he will throw a simulated game or join a Minor League affiliate to pitch at least one outing.

"I know Rick and I talked about it yesterday; we wanted to see how he felt today," Showalter said.

One other possibility has Strop traveling with the team on its upcoming road trip and throwing a simulated game in Sarasota, Fla., while the team is in St. Petersburg next weekend to play the Rays.

Strop, who took ground balls at shortstop before Wednesday's game to clear his head and throw naturally, is done with the infield drills. Although Showalter joked with reporters that the team would now be moving Strop to second base instead.

Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.