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Chris Tillman slated to have MRI on elbow Monday

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, who left Sunday’s 8-3 win over the Yankees in New York after the third inning with right elbow stiffness, will leave the team and return to Baltimore to have an MRI on Monday.

Tillman said the tests are precautionary and added he wasn’t worried that the injury would keep him out of the team’s starting rotation.

"I personally don't,” Tillman said. “We did a couple tests with the trainers and they said it looked really good. … It's just kind of a 'just-in-case' thing."

Tillman said he began to feel discomfort warming up before Sunday’s start and the tightness continued throughout his three innings of work before he was pulled.

“I wouldn't say it's a pain,” Tillman said. “It's more dead. It just feels achey and dead. I've dealt with it before in bullpens and you kind of manage it and kind of get your work in. But during a start, you've got to go out there and give it your best. It's one of those things where you don't want to make it worse. I'll go get it checked out just in case."

The 24-year-old Tillman left the game trailing 2-0 after allowing a two-run homer to Chris Dickerson before he was reliever by newly signed lefty Randy Wolf in the fourth inning. He walked two and hit two batters in the first two innings, while his fastball was falling into the high 80s.

"It started barking on me a little bit and I felt OK, but at the same time you don't want to push anything and make it worse,” Tillman said. "I'd like to keep going, but at the same time, the team doesn't deserve someone out there that's not going to be able to throw 100 percent."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he noticed early in the game that Tillman’s velocity was lagging and he was struggling with his control.

“If you know Chris, if there’s something bothering him it’s hard to tell,” Showalter said. “He’s so competitive and I know that he felt really bad and he would have kept going. He said that, ‘I think I can keep going. It’s not really hurting. It just feels like nothing is coming out.'”

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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