Izturis inching back into shape

The Orioles still don’t know when Cesar Izturis will be able to play again, but they can rest comfortably in the knowledge that he’s slowly rounding back into shape. Izturis, who underwent an emergency appendectomy a couple of weeks ago, rejoined his teammates for the first time on Tuesday and ran through a series of light baseball drills.

Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said the Orioles won’t know when Izturis will be able to return until next week, and he expected the shortstop to play a Minor League rehab stint. Izturis, meanwhile, said that appendicitis is one of the toughest things he’s dealt with.

“It’s scary, especially when you’re in the room by yourself. On that day, the room was cold and I was sweating,” he said of his bout with appendicitis. “I got Tommy John [surgery], but this one was worse. It was a pain to sleep and move around and stuff. It’s not that easy, especially the first week after the surgery.”

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