Trachsel `may not be comfortable'

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Trembley: Pitcher frustrated by role

June 09, 2008|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter

TORONTO -- A day after pitcher Steve Trachsel failed to close out an eight-run lead and appeared incredulous when Dave Trembley came to the mound to take him out, the Orioles' manager acknowledged that the club could make a decision shortly on the veteran's roster status.

Trachsel allowed four runs (two earned) after entering in the eighth inning Saturday with the Orioles leading 9-1. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, but he was removed in the ninth without getting an out after allowing a two-run double to Kevin Mench and walking Brad Wilkerson. Trachsel stared at the manager for almost Trembley's entire trip to the mound.

Trembley said before the game yesterday that he was adhering to the 24-hour rule before speaking to Trachsel about the incident.

"I would think that [pitching coach Rick Kranitz] and I will discuss it on the plane tonight going to Boston," Trembley said. "We have to do what's best for Steve Trachsel, but we also have to do what's best for the team, quite honestly."

Trachsel has made two relief appearances since being removed from the rotation and has given up four earned runs, eight hits and five walks in six innings, raising his ERA to 8.39.

"I think obviously Steve's very frustrated," Trembley said. "Obviously, the way he's pitched, he has every reason to be frustrated. I don't mean that disrespectfully. ... He may not be comfortable in that role. That's probably the easy thing to say."

Trachsel said yesterday that he is frustrated trying to adjust to the routine of a reliever. He also said he was surprised Trembley took him out when he did Saturday.

"I figure I should be able to throw two innings and save everybody from having to get up in the bullpen," he said.

Slowing Loewen

Adam Loewen made it through two innings of a simulated game Saturday without any setbacks to his left elbow. He'll start his rehabilitation assignment tomorrow by throwing an inning for Single-A Frederick.

"It's all scripted out," Trembley said. "Toward the end of his rehab, he'll pitch back-to-back days and have a day off. We'll start him out in the beginning of an inning with nobody on, and as he gets going toward the end of his rehab, we'll bring him in the game in the middle of an inning with guys on base. Toward the end, he'll have to throw two innings. He won't throw more than two innings. I don't really see him being a long reliever."

Trembley also reacted to comments made by Loewen in Saturday's Sun, in which he said he hasn't ruled out starting this season. Trembley even jokingly looked into the camera as if he were speaking directly to the pitcher and asked Loewen, 24, to "back off" and take a "chill pill."

"I can tell you right now Loewen will not start for the rest of the season. He will not start. He will be in the bullpen," Trembley said. "I'm trying to protect him. We're trying to cover for him and not put a lot of undue stress and strain on his arm. Mentally, he doesn't have to prepare himself to go out there and throw nine innings or 115 pitches. He's trying to put the cart before the horse. He hasn't even relieved yet, for goodness' sakes."

Around the horn

Reliever Randor Bierd, on the disabled list with right shoulder impingement, is scheduled to throw in an extended spring training game this week. ... Nick Markakis was 0-for-4 yesterday, ending his hitting streak at 10 games. ... The Orioles wore black stripes on their jerseys yesterday to honor minority owner Jim McKay, the legendary broadcaster who died Saturday.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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