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O's will give Tillman another start

Posted on: September 3, 2010 4:42 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 4:47 pm
 
Chris Tillman
The next step in the back-and-forth career of Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman will apparently be a start in Baltimore this weekend. The Baltimore Sun reports that the right-hander is expected to move up from Triple-A Norfolk and start Sunday.

Tillman hasn't had success at the major-league level in his second season, going 1-4 with a 7.92 ERA in six starts. He got off to a big start in Norfolk this year, including a no-hitter, and joined the big-league rotation at the end of May. He played himself out of that role in four starts as he went 0-3 and failed to make it past two innings in two of them. He was recalled to replace injured Kevin Millwood in July, but in his second start back he was hammered for eight runs in 2 2/3 innings and he went back down.

Tillman, a second-round draft pick who came to Baltimore from Seattle in the Erik Bedard deal, is still just 22 and it's not time to give up on him. The Orioles have nothing to lose by letting him work things out at the big-league level at the end of this lost season, and it will give new manager Buck Showalter a chance to evaluate him before next spring.

If Tillman pitches Sunday, that would buy an extra day of rest for Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta and Brad Bergesen. The Sun said this doesn't necessarily mean the Orioles are going to a six-man rotation, but at this point it's not clear what their plans are.

-- David Andriesen

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