TORONTO – Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini still expects to avoid the injured list as the swelling is reducing in his right hand.
Mancini has the hand wrapped, but he noted the improvement this afternoon.
His timeline for returning stays the same. He said yesterday that it could be two or three days.
The injury occurred in Monday’s series opener against the Blue Jays when Mancini swung at a tailing 91 mph sinker from Alek Manoah and the ball struck his hand and rolled up the third base line.
Mancini said he might be available off the bench Thursday afternoon, but he seems more likely to play over the weekend when the Orioles host the Rays.
“It’s going to be day-to-day,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “It’s a lot better today, so that’s good news. Hopefully, he wakes up tomorrow and will be feeling even better. We’ll see if he’s in the game or not. I’m not sure.
“Still a little bit sore, a little swollen, but a big improvement from yesterday.”
The injury news also is good with reliever Joey Krehbiel.
Krehbiel, who’s been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, threw his second bullpen session today. He was scheduled to throw 25-30 pitches with no restrictions. Everything in his arsenal.
His first session on Monday consisted of 15 fastballs. He played catch yesterday with some light tossing.
“I feel really, really good, to be honest,” he said.
“Been bouncing back better each day, so I’m pretty excited for that.”
Krehbiel was experiencing a shoulder impingement that caused the inflammation.
“Over time it kept getting worse and worse,” he said. “I tried to go as long as I could, but time catches up with you. But I honestly don’t feel anything now. It’s weird throwing without feeling anything. It feels nice and loose.”
Krehbiel is marking off the days until he’s eligible to return and said he’ll be “more than ready” on Saturday.
“As long as they think I’m OK to come off, then I’m good,” he said. “I’m just following the program.”
For the Blue Jays
George Springer CF
Bo Bichette SS
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B
Alejandro Kirk C
Teoscar Hernández DH
Santiago Espinal 2B
Matt Chapman 3B
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. LF
Raimel Tapia RF
José Berríos RHP