Pain-free Guthrie to start finale

Jeremy Guthrie's season will end when the Orioles' does.

Guthrie, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 29 because of shoulder fatigue, will start Sunday's season finale against the Toronto Blue Jays after throwing a pain-free, 53-pitch simulated game yesterday.


"I was pleased and Guthrie was pleased, and I think we all were with how he came out and threw," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "His velocity was very good. His arm feels 100 percent, so he'll start the game on Sunday."

Guthrie refused to shut himself down for the season because doctors told him the soreness could go away at any time. And it did last week.


"I've been a full go for about four days now. After the second bullpen [session] there was zero pain," said Guthrie, who will throw a light side session tomorrow.

It will be his 30th start of the season, a career high for Guthrie (10-11, 3.57 ERA). Trembley said a precise pitch count has not been determined.

"It'll be a limited start for him, more like a spring training start," Trembley said. "Honestly, if there was any doubt at all among the coaching staff, the medical staff that he wasn't completely 100 percent, we wouldn't do it."

Trembley praised Guthrie for his determination after the simulated game.

"I walked to the mound, I shook his hand and I said, 'I just want to thank you for all the hard work that you had to do in order to get to this particular point in time,' " Trembley said. "Because he could have banked it. That's not the kind of person that Guthrie is."

Jordan will return

Orioles director of scouting Joe Jordan, whose contract was up at the end of the year, has signed a two-year extension.

"I'm excited. I think I've gotten better with the job," he said. "It's a hard job, but I've got a good staff, I have resources. I've got a lot of things to be happy and thankful for."


Jordan, entering his fifth season, has overseen the club's past four drafts, which have produced, among others, starter Garrett Olson and prospects Matt Wieters and 2008 first round pick Brian Matusz.

Jordan also has hired Matt Ruebel, a former major league pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, to be his national cross-checker. Ruebel, 38, had been a scouting supervisor with the Cleveland Indians. He replaces Alan Marr, who was fired this summer after he was linked to a federal gambling probe.

No official announcements have been made about several other Orioles front office members whose contracts expire at season's end: executive vice president Mike Flanagan, director of baseball administration Scott Proefrock, player development director David Stockstill and international scouting director John Stockstill.

A fan club

The nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader was just another late-season game in Baltimore, but it was a big deal in Luperon, Dominican Republic.

Orioles rookie Alfredo Simon said more than 30 people were jammed into his parents' home for a party to watch Simon's first major league start on satellite television.


After allowing just three runs in 7 2/3 innings, Simon called home.

"They were very proud and very excited that it was my first time [starting] in the big leagues," Simon said. "It felt great."

Around the horn

Reliever Jim Miller is lost for the remainder of the season with a muscle pull behind his right armpit. He said he thought it might be a slight tear. X-rays were inconclusive, but he is scheduled for magnetic resonance imaging. ... Pitcher Dennis Sarfate will have surgery on his fractured right clavicle Tuesday. ... Daniel Cabrera will leave the team Saturday to go to Miami for a second opinion on his right elbow.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.



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