Loewen's Forearm Is Ailing

By Adam Kilgore
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 3, 2007

DETROIT, May 2 -- Orioles Manager Sam Perlozzo and pitcher Adam Loewen expressed confidence that his forearm discomfort, which caused the starter to exit Tuesday's start after five innings, is not serious.

"It's something I can pitch through, I think," Loewen said. "It's just a question of whether the most important thing is to pitch through it rather than get it to 100 percent. It's something I've been battling through. It kind of got to the point where it was affecting some of my pitches."

Loewen started having pain in his forearm four starts ago, he said, and the pain flares up at random. While it has mostly been located in his forearm, pain has also shot to his biceps. Loewen did not throw Wednesday and won't Thursday. He planned on seeing a team physician Thursday, though he has not planned on receiving an MRI exam.

The ailment most affected Loewen's curveball, but it also limited the velocity on his fastball. Loewen is slated to pitch Sunday, but Perlozzo said the team could swap his spot with Tuesday's scheduled starter, either Jeremy Guthrie or Brian Burres.

"I really don't know right now," Loewen said. "It's kind of wait and see. There's not much you can do right now, just give it some rest, give it some time. It feels like it's inflamed right now. We just got to give it some time to settle down and get to that point where I can get back on the mound.

"It's a different kind of pain. It doesn't feel like anything in the muscle. It doesn't feel like anything dangerous at all. It's a weird feeling. It's more of an annoyance than anything."

Protest Denied

Bob DuPuy, MLB's president and chief operating officer, declined the Indians' protest of Saturday's 7-4 Orioles win in Cleveland. Indians Manager Eric Wedge protested the game in the sixth inning, when Baltimore was awarded a run three innings after it had been incorrectly waved off. . . .

Pitcher Jaret Wright (pain in right shoulder) will visit orthopedist Lewis Yokum late Thursday to determine when he might be able to return to the rotation, Vice President Jim Duquette said.

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