OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Orioles were willing to give injured pitcher Adam Loewen a couple of days to attend to personal matters before he headed to the club's minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla.
However, Loewen, who returned to Baltimore on Monday night after having his left elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., was scheduled to arrive in Sarasota last night with plans to start his throwing program today.
"I could have taken however long off I wanted to take to get everything situated," Loewen said by phone yesterday. "But I chose to leave today. That should tell you how excited I am to get down there and start working again."
Loewen acknowledged he was relieved that extensive tests revealed nothing wrong with his elbow, which had a screw inserted into it in June to repair a stress fracture that caused him to miss most of last season. He also said it is unsettling that he still doesn't know what is causing the pain that is sidelining him after four starts this year.
"It's kind of weird not knowing what caused the pain," he said. "Maybe I'll have to learn how to throw with the pain. Maybe it will go away. It's just going to be trial and error because not a lot of people have gone through this. Nobody seems to know, but all the tests came back great. There's nothing wrong with it, so it can't be bad. I really won't feel comfortable until I start throwing with no pain, and then I'll take it from there."
Loewen will start throwing from flat ground today, and he hopes to be back on the mound in about a week. It's likely that he'll make a couple of rehabilitation starts before returning to the Orioles.
"I'm going to take it pretty slow, but hopefully I'll be back pretty soon," he said.
Scott gets start
Manager Dave Trembley spoke to struggling outfielder Luke Scott on Monday and let him know that his status on the team hasn't changed. When Scott feels strong enough to play again regularly, he'll be the everyday left fielder. Scott was back in the lineup last night, but he had started just one of the Orioles' previous five games.
That's mostly because Scott has been sick, though the outfielder had just three hits in his past 33 at-bats going into last night.
"I told him [on Monday] like I've told him in the past. He's the everyday left fielder on this team," Trembley said. "He's not at 100 percent, he's sick, he's fighting the flu. I probably made an error in judgment playing him the other day thinking that he was 100 percent, and he wasn't."
Scott said Monday that he has had no issues with how he has been used. "Sometimes you get a mental break, sometimes you get physical ones," he said. "I've needed a little of both."
Take that, pops
On Saturday, John Shelby, 22, the son of the Orioles' first base coach and an outfield prospect in the Chicago White Sox's organization, tied the Carolina League record with three homers in a game for the Single-A Winston-Salem Warthogs. Shelby, born in Baltimore, was a fifth-round pick by the White Sox in 2006.
"We talk all the time, and he called that night," the Orioles' Shelby said. "He's always kidding around, so I didn't believe it. My wife was with me, and she said, 'No, he hit three home runs.' I was excited."
The elder Shelby hit two home runs in a professional game several times but never three.
"I hit three in a five-inning high school game with 10 RBIs. He didn't do that," the Orioles' Shelby joked.