Loewen makes short work of hitters in rehab outing

June 11, 2008|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter

FREDERICK -- Once Adam Loewen finally reached the mound at Harry Grove Stadium last night, he didn't stay there for long.

Loewen had to wait through a 1 hour, 13 minute rain delay at the start of his first injury-rehabilitation game at Single-A Frederick, as storms accompanied by lightning and heavy winds kept passing through the region. He dispatched the three Wilmington batters he faced on 14 pitches, 11 of them strikes. Loewen retired leadoff hitter Derrick Robinson on a soft liner to second base and struck out the next two hitters, including Kurt Mertins on a high fastball to end the inning.

"It was a good outing for him," said team president Andy MacPhail, who sat behind home plate. "I'm sure he had to be pleased. It's not going to get much easier than that."

Loewen's fastball was clocked at 90-92 mph. He also threw his slider and changeup.

"I felt really good. I felt comfortable," he said. "It felt good to get back out there in a game situation. I just wanted to get ahead, and I was able to do that. I was able to put the ball where I wanted to. I hadn't been able to do that all year because of God knows what, but it felt good to be in control."

Scheduled to follow Keys starter Jake Renshaw, Loewen was given the ball in the first inning in case it rained again. Renshaw replaced him in the second.

Loewen, on the disabled list with soreness in his left elbow, threw two innings Saturday in a simulated game at extended spring training.

If Loewen's arm responds favorably to last night's workload, he'll pitch again Friday and Sunday before the Keys hit the road. The Orioles will transfer Loewen to Double-A Bowie, which is at home next week.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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