Tillman apparently first dealt with some abdominal soreness about a week ago, had it treated and believed it had gone away. But he felt it again this weekend and
So he is a scratch and Gonzalez -- who was scheduled to pitch anyway -- will start.
I'm sure some of you are concerned that Tillman is dealing with a previously unreported injury that could linger. And I know I've been getting emails (or Tweets) wondering why the Orioles have so many small injuries this year.
Well, in the spring there’s no reason to push anything. Oftentimes, these guys would play through these things during the regular season and we wouldn’t even know about it. But the spring is the time to ease things along – especially this
That also probably explains why the Orioles have been so cautious with right fielder
Markakis is one of the sport’s tough guys – he plays just about every game every year – but was limited to just 104 games last season because of a
Here are my quick impressions on
Bundy was out of sorts (18 strikes, 17 balls in two innings) and his velocity was down. I can't say I was thrilled with the performance. But there's no reason to worry. The kid has dynamite stuff and a great work ethic. I mean, he struggled with his command Saturday and still only allowed one unearned run. And, remember, the guy is 20. It's a learning process, even for a natural supertalent.
Gausman, on the other hand, was tremendous. The kid's upside is scary given how hard he throws and the fact that he's going to put muscle on that lanky frame. Not only did he hit 98 mph with his fastball once, but he did everything so easily on Saturday night. Yes, he looked better than Bundy in one short outing.
Who will be better of the two long-term? Not sure. And I'm not sure it matters if both of them can reach their potential.
One last thing: When the Orioles traded
Belfiore pitched on Saturday night after Bundy and Gausman and allowed three hits and no walks while striking out four in two scoreless innings. Afterward, Orioles manager