Got a call from Sun beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec in Cleveland a few minutes ago with an update on Jeremy Guthrie. Turns out, his back began to stiffen up in the sixth inning and he told manager Dave Trembley that it had worsened during the seventh.
Trembley had no choice but to remove him from the game. Fortunately, Jamie Walker and Rocky Cherry held on in the eighth and the O's scored four times to make life easy for George Sherrill in the ninth.
Guthrie, who routinely sports a hot pack on his lower back, will probably make his next start on schedule.