Trembley plans to use Guthrie in final week

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Recovering from oblique injury, rookie could start Thursday

Notebook

September 24, 2007|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Orioles manager Dave Trembley has set his pitching rotation for the final week of the season, and those plans include rookie right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.

A day after throwing off the mound for the first time since straining his left oblique Sept. 9 during a start against the Boston Red Sox, Guthrie reported no discomfort and is tentatively scheduled to start Thursday's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays. If Guthrie makes it through tomorrow's side session OK, Trembley said he would have no reservations about giving him the ball.

"Guthrie wants to pitch twice," Trembley said. "Then, when I told him that he's not going to start twice, he's only going to start once, he said, `How about I go out of the bullpen?' And I said, `You're not going to do that.' That ought to tell you anything that you need to know about Guthrie."

On the day Guthrie was injured, he and Trembley said it would probably take a miracle for the pitcher to start again this season. Guthrie (7-5, 3.65 ERA), once considered one of the leading candidates for the American League Rookie of the Year, is winless in his past eight starts, but he has only two losses during that span.

Daniel Cabrera will start tonight's makeup game at Camden Yards against the Kansas City Royals. Brian Burres, Victor Zambrano and Guthrie will start in the three-game series against Toronto, while Jon Leicester, Cabrera and Burres will pitch in the season's final series against the New York Yankees.

Trembley said Radhames Liz and Victor Santos will be used out of the bullpen.

Nothing but talk

Before the bottom of the fourth inning in the Orioles' 11-9 victory Saturday night, plate umpire Ed Rapuano called Trembley and Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington onto the field for a brief discussion.

It was a preventive measure to make sure the game didn't morph into a bean-ball battle after Ian Kinsler shot a glance and shouted expletives in the direction of Liz after connecting for his three-run second-inning home run. A couple of pitches earlier, Liz sent Kinsler sprawling to the dirt with a fastball near his face.

In the bottom of the inning, Rangers starter Edinson Volquez knocked down the Orioles' Melvin Mora with a fastball under his chin.

"After Kinsler hit the home run, I think he said some things as he was going around the bases," Trembley said. "To Rapuano's credit, he heard it and he wanted to curtail it. He called Ron out and myself, and we both agreed that neither one of us is going to get into one of those kinds of games."

Bradford's streak broken

Orioles reliever Chad Bradford allowed an eighth-inning home run to the Rangers' Hank Blalock on Saturday, the first homer he has allowed since May 14, 2006, a span of 127 games. That was the third-longest streak without yielding a home run in the past 51 years, behind Greg Minton (178 games, 1979-1982) and Dale Murray (142, 1974-1976).

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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