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June 16, 2011

Guthrie expected to see Dr. Wilckens and have MRI Friday (updated)

Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie said he expects to see team physician Dr. John Wilckens Friday in Baltimore to have his upper back strain evaluated. A MRI is also likely Friday.

Guthrie said he couldn't throw another pitch to start the sixth -- which is obviously alarming considering Guthrie loves taking the ball.

He said he has never had this type of injury before. He wasn't removed for precaution purposes, which is not good news.

Here are some quotes:

“I’m going to go see the doctor and get it looked at and see what they say,” said Guthrie, who had allowed just one hit and one walk in five scoreless innings. “Who Knows? … We’ll see where we’re at tomorrow morning.”

Guthrie said he felt some soreness while throwing a warm-up pitch in the fifth inning, but pushed through it and struck out his final batter. He then walked over to athletic trainer Richie Bancells and explained the situation. There was never a thought about going out for the sixth.

“It just wasn’t going to happen,” said Guthrie, who hasn’t had this type of injury previously “There was enough pain that we’re not going to go forward with that and I would not have been able to throw another pitch probably anywhere near the quality that would be needed in the sixth inning to get somebody out.”

Guthrie takes pride in his durability and has made 30 or more starts each of his past three seasons and threw 200 or more innings in 2009 and 2010. So it was alarming to Orioles manager Buck Showalter when Guthrie couldn’t go back after throwing just 64 pitches (41 for strikes).

“Obviously, Jeremy is the type of guy that is going to stay out there if he can,” Showalter said. “So that’s a little concerning.”

Guthrie had struck out five and, according to Showalter, hadn’t pitched so well since he shutout the Tampa Bay Rays through eight innings on Opening Day.

“I felt tremendous out there,” Guthrie said. “(Catcher Craig Tatum) and I were working well together and I had a good mix. I was locating down in the zone and I think that’s very important against this team.”

Posted by Dan Connolly at 3:44 PM | | Comments (3)


Well. If Guthrie goes down and Matusz is throwing like my 16 month old, then there is zero hope for this season.

This team makes me insane.

Scott Kazmir has been released by the Angels, and apparently with good reason. Would this be a pitcher the Os consider signing to a minor league deal? Why not - the risk is low and the upside higher than Duscherer

Jeff Z's reply: Because he is an absolute mess who can't get out hitters in the minor leagues, can't throw strikes and can't stay healthy. I'm not ready to write him off because he is a left-handed starter who once was pretty damn good, but that the Angels dumped him despite all the money they still have invested is probably a sign of where he's at.

He used to be excellent with the Rays. For a club that picked up Adam Eaton when the Phillies unloaded him and his huge contract, I don't see why they wouldn't at least put him in Norfolk and see if he can get his act together - would it hurt anyone? I think the only problem would be signing him to a minor league deal but if they could accomplish that, where's the risk and how is it bigger than the Duscherer project?

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

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