Jeff Robinson gives Birds scare


SARASOTA, Fla. -- Righthander Jeff Robinson appeared a possibility to become the Orioles' first serious casualty of the spring yesterday, but it turned out to be only a mild scare.

Robinson left yesterday's workout early because of discomfort in the forearm of his right (throwing) arm. It is the same area where he suffered a stress fracture last August, an injury that sidelined him the rest of the year.

"He had some muscle spasms and thought it might be related to the stress fracture," said manager Frank Robinson, "so I told him to get out of here and have it checked. But we got the reports back and they were fine. It was only spasms, nothing connected to the injury, so he can go right back out there tomorrow [today]."

Robinson was one of nine pitchers scheduled to work two innings apiece in an intra-squad game this afternoon.

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