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No Plans to Shut Down Guthrie

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 13, 2008

BALTIMORE, Sept. 12 -- Baltimore Orioles President Andy MacPhail reiterated on Friday that the organization has no plans to shut down right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, whose last three starts have been scrapped due to arm and shoulder fatigue and a bout with the flu.

"Obviously, we've looked at all the options," MacPhail said. "Right now, there's really nothing to indicate that he would require being shut down for the season."

But Manager Dave Trembley acknowledged that the team may be coming closer to ending Guthrie's season, especially if the pitcher isn't ready to throw from a mound soon.

MRI exams showed that Guthrie doesn't have any structural damage. And Guthrie -- who said he wants to return before the season is up -- said doctors have recommended rest.

But Trembley said Guthrie must complete a bullpen session without any problems before he is allowed to pitch again. Guthrie hasn't pitched in a game since Aug. 29 against Tampa Bay.

"He wants to do it, but we've got to make some wise decisions here, do the best thing in the big picture," Trembley said.

Special Delivery

Orioles reliever Kam Mickolio said several adjustments made in his delivery helped him put together the best outing of his brief Major League career. After three performances that resulted in an unsightly 27.00 ERA, Mickolio worked a perfect inning on Wednesday.

Mickolio, who throws across his body, said the biggest change involved moving from the third-base side to the first-base side of the rubber. The move helped him feel more free-flowing while throwing pitches.

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