Rough start, smooth finish

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Eaton settles down after tough 1st

March 14, 2009|By Peter Schmuck and Jeff Zrebiec | Peter Schmuck and Jeff Zrebiec, and

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Right-hander Adam Eaton got off to a rocky start in his competitive debut as an Oriole yesterday, but he pulled himself together after giving up four hits in the first inning and declared the afternoon a success.

He's off to a late start, but he said he feels pretty good about his chances of opening the season in the starting rotation after completing three innings with just 30 pitches and throwing in the bullpen afterward.

"I would think so," he said. "All the signs I'm getting are that there is a spot for me. That feels good. Whether it's one to five [in the rotation], I don't care as long as I'm out there."

It didn't look as if he would be out there long when the first three batters he faced hit safely and the St. Louis Cardinals scored twice in the first, but he made an adjustment between the first and second innings and faced the minimum six batters over his final two innings.

"After the first inning, I slowed down my lower half and made an adjustment in the second and third," he said. "In the first, the ball was way up. It definitely was a little strange getting out there, but I was glad to get three innings in instead of the two like you usually get" in a first outing.

Manager Dave Trembley acknowledged Eaton's ability to make a good adjustment after struggling early but was noncommittal about his chances of winning a place in the rotation.

"I need to see more of him," Trembley said.

Davis injured

Shortstop Blake Davis, who has received high praise from Trembley and some teammates for his defensive ability, sprained his ankle Thursday night and aggravated a stress fracture in his foot in a nonbaseball stumble. He had X-rays yesterday and will be examined again this weekend to determine how long he will be sidelined. It appears he could be out for several weeks or longer.

Walker takes a shot

Jamie Walker took a ball off the meaty part of his glove hand and was wearing an ice pack on the palm of his hand when he came back from the trainer's room.

"I took one off my hand," he said. "I was so [mad], I threw the ball harder to first than I did to the plate. It's not anything. It isn't even black and blue. It's nothing some Jack Daniel's won't take care of tonight."

Walker pitched one inning and gave up two runs on a long home run by shortstop Khalil Greene in the fourth inning. Greene was one of the players rumored to be in the mix when the Orioles were searching for shortstop help during the offseason.

Parrish leaves camp

Left-hander John Parrish, who hasn't pitched this spring, will leave the team and head to Baltimore to have his left shoulder examined by team doctors John Wilckens and Andrew Cosgarea.

"It's just a little pinch," said Parrish, who said the team was in the process of making arrangements for him to return to Baltimore. "It doesn't hurt that bad, but I can't pitch with it."

Parrish was signed to a minor league deal this offseason. He was considered a long shot to make the rotation even before his shoulder problems. Trembley said Thursday that he will start the season on the disabled list.

Around the horn

Rotation candidate Hayden Penn gave up seven hits and a walk through three innings, but held things together well enough to hold the Cardinals to a pair of runs. ... Relievers Kam Mickolio and Dennis Sarfate each pitched a scoreless inning.

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