Arm not better, Loewen to see team doctor


Injury could push back next start

MLB denies Indians' protest of loss

May 03, 2007|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter

DETROIT -- Orioles starting pitcher Adam Loewen is scheduled to see a team doctor today to determine the cause of a persistent ache in his left arm that he has been dealing with since last month.

Club officials still aren't sure whether the pain will force the left-hander to miss any starts, but Loewen acknowledged that it is not getting any better and is starting to affect his pitching. Tuesday, Loewen took a shutout bid into the fifth inning and then gave up three runs in the Orioles' 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

"Those first two innings was the best I felt all year, and then kind of gradually, it got worse," said Loewen, who is 2-0 with a 3.56 ERA but added that his velocity has dropped the past couple of starts. "I think it did affect the way I pitched from the third to the fifth. It's something I can pitch through, I think. It's just a question of whether the most important thing is to pitch through it rather than get it to 100 percent."

Loewen did not throw yesterday and said he probably won't until tomorrow at the earliest, depending on the diagnosis he gets from the team doctor. He said he still has a chance to make his next start, tentatively scheduled for Sunday at Camden Yards against Cleveland Indians ace C.C. Sabathia.

"I really don't know right now. It's kind of wait and see," said Loewen, who has been advised that it could be a forearm strain. "It feels like it's inflamed right now. We just got to give it some time to settle down and get to that point where I can get back on the mound. It's a different kind of pain. It doesn't feel like anything in the muscle. It doesn't feel like anything dangerous at all. It's a weird feeling. It's more of an annoyance than anything."

Manager Sam Perlozzo said that if doctors determine the injury isn't serious, it's possible the Orioles could push his start back a couple of days and use either Brian Burres or Jeremy Guthrie in his place. Loewen could then pitch in the spot that was vacated by Jaret Wright, who was put on the disabled list earlier this week and is out for the foreseeable future.

Indians' protest denied

Bob DuPuy, Major League Baseball president and chief operating officer, announced that he has denied the Cleveland Indians' formal protest of their 7-4 loss to the Orioles on Saturday at Jacobs Field.

The victory ended the Orioles' five-game losing streak and the Indians' six-game winning streak. The source of the Indians' protest was that the Orioles were awarded a run three innings after it had originally scored after plate umpire Marvin Hudson made an incorrect ruling.

Hudson initially waved off a third-inning run, scored when Nick Markakis came home on Ramon Hernandez's sacrifice fly, because Miguel Tejada had been doubled up at first base on Grady Sizemore's catch. But Markakis clearly scored before Tejada was doubled up, and rules state the run should have counted. The Indians weren't disputing that, but their complaint was that the Orioles didn't protest the call right away and that the run was added retroactively.

In a statement, MLB explained its decision: "The decision on the protest, however, cited the fact that the Official Baseball Rules do not address when the umpires can make such a correction in those circumstances. When the Rules do not address a situation, Official Baseball Rule 9.01(c) gives them the discretion to rule on any point not otherwise covered by the Rules. Mindful of their obligation that `the first requisite is to get decisions correctly,' as the Rules instruct them, this umpire crew was within the authority that Rule 9.01(c) gave them to correct the game score when they did."

Perlozzo shakes things up

Perlozzo wouldn't commit to what his batting order is going to look like tomorrow when the Orioles begin a four-game series against Cleveland at Camden Yards. He shook things up yesterday, moving Melvin Mora from second to fifth and Markakis from third to seventh. Tejada also went from fourth to third with Hernandez moving to the cleanup spot. Jay Gibbons and Aubrey Huff didn't start with left-hander Nate Robertson on the mound.

"Certain times you have to change up to see if we can't get something else going and get back to where we want to be," Perlozzo said. "I wouldn't think this would be a long-term thing."

One change that could stick is Mora's move out of the No. 2 hole. The third baseman leads the team with 18 RBIs, and Perlozzo said he wants Mora to concentrate more on driving in runs rather than moving up runners.

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