BALTIMORE—Chris Tillman, who threw on flat ground Monday, will do that again Wednesday. Manager Buck Showalter said that trainer Richie Bancells and pitching coach Dave Wallace have constructed his rehab program.
Tillman, who is on the disabled list with bursitis of the right shoulder, is eligible to return on Monday, but he won’t.
If everything goes well, Tillman will start throwing on a mound this weekend, but don’t expect him back on Sept. 9 or 10 as Showalter indicated last weekend in New York.
“That’s the earliest,” Showalter said of Sept. 9 or 10. “I don’t think that will happen…After seeing the schedule, I see what they’re trying to do, and they’re right. Chris feels good, and I want to make sure…We have to cross over a couple of thresholds to get to that date.”
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Because the minor leagues end on Monday, Tillman will have to rehab with the Orioles.
NOTES: Showalter spoke with Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette about roster expansion. Rosters can be expanded on Thursday.
Showalter indicated that Duquette spoke with him about some possible trades, but none involve players currently on the Orioles. Players must join a new team by midnight Wednesday in order to be eligible for the postseason.
Even though the Orioles have been shuffling relief pitchers recently, Showalter said the team isn’t expected to recall a large number of players.
Catcher Caleb Joseph will be recalled from Norfolk, and outfielders Julio Borbon, who along with pitcher Logan Ondrusek were outrighted to Bowie on Tuesday and Chris Dickerson could be added.
In order to add Borbon or Dickerson, space must be made on the 40-man roster. If Joey Rickard, whose injured thumb will be examined Friday isn’t ready to return, he could be placed on the 60-day disabled list, creating a roster spot.
Showalter also indicated that Brian Duensing, who is on the 60-day DL, is going to be added, and space must be made for him.
“I don’t know if anybody is going to make better 40-man roster additions than [Darren] O’Day and Tillman and Rickard. That’s the three guys we’d like to add,” Showalter said.
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