NEW YORK -- Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom pitched a scoreless inning for the Gulf Coast League Orioles on Monday morning and the reports were good. The right-hander, rehabbing a partially torn ligament in the middle finger of his pitching hand, is nearing a return to Baltimore.
"Everything went well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Lindstrom, who will throw another inning in the GCL on Wednesday, and pitch with Double-A Bowie on Friday.
One of the Orioles' late-inning relievers, Lindstrom last pitched on May 10, and he posted a 1.29 ERA in his first 13 appearances for Baltimore. The 32-year-old was acquired along with starter Jason Hammel in an offseason trade with the Rockies for right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Reimold won't return before All-Star break
NEW YORK -- Nolan Reimold (herniated disk) will not rejoin the Orioles before the All-Star break, as manager Buck Showalter hinted at worse news, but would only go as far as to count out Reimold for the season's first half until the team gets the results from a second cervical specialist.
"He will not be back before the All-Star break, but let me get the rest of the information," Showalter said on Monday. "I know where we are going."
Reimold saw neurosugeon Dr. Lee Riley in Baltimore over the weekend in the hopes of providing more clarity about why he is still experiencing discomfort and tingling in the area -- specifically his left side -- although Thursday's MRI showed the herniated disk had shrunk. Showalter said the team has an idea what it is dealing with after this weekend's appointment, but he did not want to make the news public until Reimold had a second opinion, which will be in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Monday.
The Orioles' Opening Day left fielder, Reimold has had two epidural injections and hasn't played since April 30 because of the injury. He hit .313 with a .627 slugging percentage in 67 at-bats before being placed on the DL, where he was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day earlier this month.
The Orioles announced that they have agreed to contracts with three more of their 2012 draftees, bringing their total to 17. The team announced it has signed right-handed pitcher Nick Grim (17th round), right-handed pitcher Dennis Torres (28) and catcher Steel Russell (32), who is the son of bench coach John Russell. The Orioles also signed undrafted free-agent first baseman Nik Balog, a senior out of University of San Francisco.
Joel Pineiro (right shoulder capsule) is scheduled to throw five innings in the GCL on Tuesday.
Endy Chavez (right hamstring strain) did some running on the field this afternoon, and he said his right hamstring pain is pretty much gone. Chavez hopes to avoid going to Florida to rehab, and wants to just remain with the team before being sent out to play for Double-A Bowie.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.