Tillman, who was placed on the disabled list with abdominal soreness, said he supported the Orioles decision to place him there to start the season.
"It is what it is," Tillman. "I was hurt. I did miss an amount of time enough time to not get ready for one of the early games. I don't disagree with it."
Tillman, who threw 81 pitches against SCF on Friday, allowed one unearned run on two hits with six strikeouts and two walks. One of those hits was by Orioles outfielder
Markakis was 1-for-4 with a walk.
Since being scratched from a
That doesn't worry Tillman.
"I don't think so," he said. "I got a good read today with Nicky. He talked to me after we faced each other and told me pretty much everything is really good."
Instead, Tillman has built up his innings in minor league and simulated games. Tillman's DL stint can be backdated and he willl activated before his scheduled start on April 6 against the
After coming out of the game Friday, Tillman finished by throwing additional pitches in the bullpen
"I think I'm ready, especially after today," Tillman said. "Big step for me. It's not the matter of pitches. It's the number of times you get up and down. That's a big reason I got up one more time in the bullpen."
Left-hander T.J. McFarland threw four perfect innings in relief Friday, striking out six.