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Trembley Irked by Short Rosters in All-Star Game

George Sherrill threw 25 pitches for the AL in Tuesday's All-Star Game. In terms of innings pitched, the 21/3 he threw tied the longest outing of Sherrill's career.
George Sherrill threw 25 pitches for the AL in Tuesday's All-Star Game. In terms of innings pitched, the 21/3 he threw tied the longest outing of Sherrill's career. (By Kathy Willens -- Associated Press)

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By Mark Viera
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 18, 2008

BALTIMORE, July 17 -- When Tuesday night's All-Star Game stretched into the early morning hours Wednesday and the bullpens slowly drained, American League Manager Terry Francona called on Baltimore Orioles closer George Sherrill, who threw 25 pitches over 2 1/3 innings.

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Orioles Manager Dave Trembley said he understood why the AL team needed to use Sherrill but called it "absolutely ludicrous" that position players were almost forced to pitch because of short rosters in a game that decides home-field advantage in the World Series.

"I think these situations are pretty self-evident of why George had to go, you know, longer than he [should have]," Trembley said before Thursday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. "That's why I say Major League Baseball will learn from it. Maybe they'll expand the rosters, do something so they don't get caught again. Because they got caught, it's plain and simple."

Sherrill faced eight batters, allowing one hit and no runs with two strikeouts. He said his arm felt fine -- "a little sore" -- before Thursday's game.

"It's still hanging on," said Sherrill, whose 28 saves fell one shy of tying a club record for saves before the all-star break. "Getting up there three times was a little taxing, but 25 pitches, I think that allowed me to feel all right."

In terms of innings pitched, the All-Star Game tied the longest pitching appearance of his career. He threw 2 1/3 innings on July 20, 2004, against the Boston Red Sox as a rookie.

Francona called Orioles team president Andy MacPhail about Sherrill's long appearance, but Trembley would not comment on the specifics of their conversation. He did offer a few thoughts about the All-Star Game and, afterward, acknowledged he probably didn't please the commissioner's office.

"I'll get a letter now," Trembley said of his commentary. "Go ahead, send me one. I can't wait to reply to it."

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Trembley offered injury updates on shortstop Alex Cintrón and reliever Jamie Walker before Thursday's game, but said he had no information on reliever Adam Loewen.

Cintrón, on the 15-day disabled list since July 1 with a strained left hamstring, ran Thursday and could return to the field within a week, Trembley said. Depending on how he feels, Cintrón may be able to take batting practice or fielding drills Friday and will be evaluated after that session.

Walker, a left-hander on the 15-day DL with left elbow inflammation, was set to throw a sideline session Thursday, Trembley said. Trainers were to evaluate him afterward. . . .

Meanwhile, Detroit right fielder Magglio Ordóñez rejoined the Tigers' lineup Thursday night. Ordóñez, who was placed on the disabled list June 29 with a strained oblique muscle, batted fourth on Thursday. He went into the break batting .307 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI. . . .

Class AA Bowie catcher Matt Wieters, selected fifth overall in last year's draft, has hit in a team-high 14 consecutive games. Entering Thursday night's game, Wieters was batting .344 with three homers for the Baysox.

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