Kamieniecki back throwing

April 14, 1999|By Roch Kubatko

NEW YORK -- Orioles right-hander Scott Kamieniecki, who hasn't pitched since March 15 because of a strained left hamstring, threw off a mound in Baltimore for five minutes Monday, then took a flight to the club's minor-league complex in Sarasota, Fla., and repeated the session for 10 minutes yesterday morning.

He's scheduled to throw for another 10 minutes today and continue doing some leg exercises before taking two days off and pitching in a simulated game later this month.

Kamieniecki logged only six innings this spring, pushing back the timetable for his return. "We regarded [Monday] as the first day of spring training," manager Ray Miller said.

"I told them I'd like to have another veteran starter, but until he's ready to go 85-90 pitches. I don't want to be breaking somebody in with a 40-pitch count," Miller added.

"The only good thing is, the time he was down he was able to continue throwing, so his arm shouldn't take as long. I would think my birthday, April 30, would be his third start [in Sarasota]. He'll go two, three and five [innings], then we'll make a decision."

Miller also said Kamieniecki would return to the rotation instead of being used in relief "because of his history with surgery."

Pub Date: 4/14/99

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