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Taking a closer look at Chris Tillman's rehab start: Uneven pitching line doesn't tell it all

Taking a closer look at Chris Tillman's rehab start: Uneven pitching line doesn't tell it all

Chris Tillman’s pitching line in Thursday’s minor league rehab start – his third one with an affiliate since returning to the mound after opening the season on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis – wasn’t what Orioles fans want to see.

Pitching lines, however, can be deceiving. Ultimately, the question is whether Tillman showed enough to return from the DL after allowing six runs – four earned – over five innings in a high Class-A start for Frederick against the Potomac Nationals?

If he’s ready, he would be in line to start on Tuesday at Fenway Park. If the club deems he needs another minor league start, it would likely be at either at Frederick or Double-A Bowie...

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