Guthrie expected to see Dr. Wilckens and have MRI Friday (updated)

Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie said he expects to see team physician Dr. John Wilckens Friday in Baltimore to have his upper back strain evaluated. A MRI is also likely Friday.

Guthrie said he couldn't throw another pitch to start the sixth -- which is obviously alarming considering Guthrie loves taking the ball.


He said he has never had this type of injury before. He wasn't removed for precaution purposes, which is not good news.

Here are some quotes:


"I'm going to go see the doctor and get it looked at and see what they say," said Guthrie, who had allowed just one hit and one walk in five scoreless innings. "Who Knows? … We'll see where we're at tomorrow morning."

Guthrie said he felt some soreness while throwing a warm-up pitch in the fifth inning, but pushed through it and struck out his final batter. He then walked over to athletic trainer Richie Bancells and explained the situation. There was never a thought about going out for the sixth.

"It just wasn't going to happen," said Guthrie, who hasn't had this type of injury previously "There was enough pain that we're not going to go forward with that and I would not have been able to throw another pitch probably anywhere near the quality that would be needed in the sixth inning to get somebody out."

Guthrie takes pride in his durability and has made 30 or more starts each of his past three seasons and threw 200 or more innings in 2009 and 2010. So it was alarming to Orioles manager Buck Showalter when Guthrie couldn't go back after throwing just 64 pitches (41 for strikes).

"Obviously, Jeremy is the type of guy that is going to stay out there if he can," Showalter said. "So that's a little concerning."

Guthrie had struck out five and, according to Showalter, hadn't pitched so well since he shutout the Tampa Bay Rays through eight innings on Opening Day.

"I felt tremendous out there," Guthrie said. "(Catcher Craig Tatum) and I were working well together and I had a good mix. I was locating down in the zone and I think that's very important against this team."