Hill's elbow 'all right'

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

March 03, 2009|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - It's unclear whether there's any real cause for alarm, but the Orioles are taking no chances with pitcher Rich Hill and his sore left elbow.

Though X-rays on the elbow revealed no structural problem, the left-hander was sent for a magnetic resonance imaging before yesterday's game to rule out any possibility that his arm soreness is the result of a significant injury.

"He's getting the whole kit and caboodle," manager Dave Trembley said.

The news was pretty good. Hill said the MRI did not reveal any significant abnormalities, but it did show some fluid buildup in the joint that must be treated to reduce the inflammation and improve his range of motion.

"I think it's all right," Hill said. "I think there's some fluid in there and it kind of makes the joint not as mobile. I'm not discouraged by it."

There is no timetable for his next outing, though it's pretty obvious it won't come in today's intrasquad game. Hill will be re-examined today, and a determination will be made whether he can make his next scheduled start Saturday.

Johnson shaky

Reliever Jim Johnson got off to a rocky start in his exhibition debut. In the fourth inning, he plunked Red Sox outfielder Jeff Bailey with his first pitch and walked the next batter (Lars Anderson) on five pitches before giving up a one-out run-scoring double to Nick Green. Johnson worked out of trouble after that, but he didn't look particularly comfortable beforehand.

"I was just out of rhythm at the beginning," he said. "The first time out, you're fighting yourself trying to get a feel for how to pitch again. It's like that every year."

Parrish to get warm

Left-hander John Parrish said he'll begin a throwing program today after shutting down for more than a week with shoulder inflammation.

"It's good now. ... It was something that I probably would have never said anything about before. I would have just thrown through that," Parrish said. "But I figured: It's early, it's long, it's spring training. Let's go ahead and knock it out and see where we'll stand."

It's a small world

Orioles hopefuls Scott Moore, Blake Davis and Justin Turner played together as teenagers in Long Beach, Calif. They played for the Long Beach Cardinals at both the Mickey Mantle level (ages 15-16) and Connie Mack level (17-18). The three were planning on playing for Cal State Fullerton, but only Davis and Turner got there. Moore signed out of high school.

If you want to add to that list, Red Sox catcher Mark Wagner also was on those teams, but went on to nearby University of California-Irvine. Yes, that's the school where the team nickname is the Anteaters.

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