Izturis on the mend

Cesar Izturis may be back sooner than expected. Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said Friday that there’s a “very good possibility” that Izturis may return from his bout with appendicitis in the Orioles’ last series before the All-Star break.

“I think he’s getting close to going out on a rehab,” said Trembley. “I think he’ll stay with us through this series, and he may stay with us one day in Seattle. I haven’t decided yet. I want to check with [hitting coach Terry Crowley] and [infield instructor Juan Samuel].”

Trembley said that the Orioles aim for Izturis — who has been out since June 7 — back for the series against Toronto right before the All-Star break. Right now, all that’s missing is Izturis getting back on the field in a Minor League rehab stint to test his fitness.

“He took [batting practice] yesterday during the regular slot,” said Trembley of Izturis. “And then we had early hitting today at 2:30, and he was one of the guys who came out and had more of an extended session so that he could hit from both sides.”

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