Thursday afternoon at the Orioles Spring Training complex in Sarasota, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reported that Orioles relief pitcher Koji Uehara will be shut down for several days and that starting pitcher Brian Matusz may miss one start.
Uehara received a cortison shot in his elbow, but told Zrebiec it was just precautionary and that he expects to be back on the mound in a week. “It’s not even serious,” Uehara said via his translator. “I’m not concerned about it.”
Matusz’s news seems even less serious, as he will fly to Philadelphia to have a wart removed from the middle finger of his pitching hand. Buck Showalter told Zrebiec that this removal process is minor. “We don’t want this thing to be something that really shows its head up in the middle of the season and now he misses more than one start, or even a start in the season,” Showalter said on Orioles Insider. “It won’t be anything that he couldn’t come back from.”