Orioles Notebook

Guthrie Is Eager to Play Again

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 14, 2008

BALTIMORE, Sept. 13 -- For two weeks, Baltimore Orioles Manager Dave Trembley has been consistent with his stance regarding pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. If the right-hander is to pitch again before the end of the season, he must first prove that he's ready to go by pitching a bullpen session.

So on Saturday, the pitcher spent a few minutes in Trembley's office pleading his case.

"He's lobbying very hard today to throw a side session tomorrow," Trembley said.

The manger made no decisions on Saturday, saying that he wanted to "sleep on it."

But Trembley said he consulted with head trainer Richie Bancells and planned to talk with pitching coach Rick Kranitz, to weigh the pros and cons of allowing Guthrie to throw.

"One thing I'm not going to do is talk to Guthrie about it," he said. "He's going to start with a litany of reasons why he should."

Still, Trembley praised Guthrie's desire to pitch again, especially considering the Orioles' shortage of quality pitching. Guthrie leads Orioles starters in wins (10), ERA (3.57) and quality starts (19). And even though he hasn't pitched since Aug. 29 with shoulder and arm fatigue, Guthrie still leads the team with 186 2/3 innings pitched.

"He's a quality guy," Trembley said. "They don't come better than Guthrie. He's a gamer. He's competitive. He's a big leaguer."

With Guthrie still out, right-hander Brian Bass will pitch Wednesday.

Back at the Hot Corner

After he was scratched Friday night, for fear that the wet conditions could put him at risk to re-injure his hamstring, Melvin Mora played third base for the first time in two weeks Saturday.

UP NEXT: Sunday vs. Twins 1:35 p.m. Liz (5-5) vs. Blackburn (10-8) MASN

Monday at Toronto 7:07 p.m. Waters (2-3) vs. Marcum (9-6) MASN

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