Pushing it, Mills reinjures shoulder

March 15, 1996|By Buster Olney

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Alan Mills, coming back from shoulder surgery, promised himself he

wouldn't get caught in the trap of pushing himself too hard and setting back his rehab. But, as he said yesterday, he did just that, and now Mills has a sore shoulder.

"I did exactly what I said I wasn't going to do," Mills said. "What's frustrating is that I was feeling so good."

Mills threw well early in camp. But on March 5, Mills felt lousy pitching in a B game. He assumed it was just a dead arm, and he came back and pitched again Wednesday, and felt pain in the back of his shoulder. "I probably shouldn't have even tried to pitch," he said.

Manager Davey Johnson said Mills will be sidelined until he feels healthy, and wouldn't rule out the possibility Mills will be ready for the opener April 1. But it's more likely Mills will start the year on the disabled list.

Pub Date: 3/15/96

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