-- Ray Miller said there were no hard feelings after pitcher Sidney Ponson lashed out Sunday night at the Baltimore Orioles' pitching coach, who had hoped to push the starter's next outing to Wednesday. Ponson was adamant about wanting to pitch on Tuesday against the Anaheim Angels. Ponson yelled at Miller and refused to meet with Manager Lee Mazzilli to discuss the decision.
"He's just emotional," Miller said. "He went out and threw on the side with some pain and said, 'I can make it.' I'm the one who said if we bring back [Daniel] Cabrera tomorrow and push [Bruce] Chen back one day and put everyone back one day it wouldn't screw everybody up. But he didn't understand that. If you guys aren't in here, then nobody knows about it."
Ponson got his wish to pitch on Tuesday but only after Chen threw 32/3 innings in relief on Sunday.
Because Baltimore starters had not pitched past the third inning in three of the four starts prior to Monday, the rotation has become a mess. Ponson will pitch on Tuesday, Erik Bedard on Wednesday, Rodrigo Lopez on Thursday and Chen on Friday.
"You just keep looking at pitch counts," said Miller at how he determined the rotation.
Miller said he has been happily surprised at how his starters have volunteered to pitch in relief if needed.
"It's awesome," Miller said. "They've all volunteered."
Orioles starters have not recorded a win since July 15.
Byrnes Is Hot
Outfielder Eric Byrnes, acquired on Friday from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Larry Bigbie, is 6 for 15 with a home run and two RBI for Baltimore.