Sherrill Struggles In Return

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 15, 2008

BALTIMORE, Sept. 14 -- Shortly after his return from a month-long battle with shoulder inflammation, Baltimore Orioles closer George Sherrill was asked on Sunday if it was a relief simply to be back on the mound.

"Not if I'm going to pitch like that," Sherrill said, after allowing all three runs in Baltimore's 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins. "Seven-nothing lead, I just wanted to go right after guys but I just couldn't find it."

With the Orioles leading 7-0 entering the ninth inning, Manager Dave Trembley summoned Sherrill to make his first appearance since Aug. 15.

But Sherrill looked shaky from the start. And after the game, Trembley said the closer "looked rusty."

Sherrill's first two pitches to leadoff man Randy Ruiz missed badly, leading to a walk. He rebounded to strike out Matt Macri, but allowed Michael Cuddyer to single before walking Delmon Young. Brendan Harris singled through the hole into left to knock in a run, which brought Trembley out of the dugout to fetch Sherrill.

"A little extra adrenaline I guess," Sherrill said. "I've got to relax a little bit, find my rhythm and get the timing going."

Jim Miller closed out the game, though not before allowing two inherited runners to score. But Sherrill said he at least made it through the outing without any trace of the shoulder injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list.

"Everything felt good, nothing ever hurt or anything, so we'll see how it bounces back from there and hopefully get better," Sherrill said.

Double Time

Left-handed reliever Brian Burres enjoyed a much-deserved day off on Sunday, one day after pitching in both of the Orioles' defeats to the Twins.

"I still feel fine," said Burres, the first Oriole to accomplish the feat since Jason Grimsley and B.J. Ryan in 2004. "Actually, I felt a little better and got loose a little quicker in the second game. I was up for it. I was fine with it."

After he allowed three runs in one inning in the first game, Burres said he was anxious to get another chance. He capitalized in the second game, giving up just one run in 1 2/3 innings.

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