Chris Tillman says he 'felt good physically' in return from back spasms

After missing his last scheduled start with lower back spasms, Chris Tillman had his return to the Orioles rotation cut short by the rain but reported no physical issues after his three-inning outing.

Tillman admitted it was frustrating to wait nine days between starts and have his day cut short by rain, but said he "felt good physically" and had no concerns about his back going forward.


"I started out pretty good," Tillman said of his nine-pitch first inning. "I had fastball command from the get-go."

During the second inning, when Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz walked, advanced to third on a single by third baseman Kyle Seager and scored on a sacrifice fly from catcher Welington Castillo, Tillman said he got into some long at-bats and couldn't put the hitters away.


"You've got to execute some pitches there, and put the guys away when you've got the chance," Tillman said.

He issued his second and third walks of the game in the third inning, but struck out Cruz swinging to end the third in what proved to be his final batter of the game.

Tillman was already at the 58-pitch mark, and got up to throw off the indoor mound twice during the rain delay. At that point, he knew he wouldn't be back out to earn a seventh win in seven tries against the Mariners, the team that dealt him to the Orioles in the 2008 deal that sent pitcher Erik Bedard to Seattle.

"If it was [up to] me, I could go back out, but what are you going to do?" Tillman said.

Tillman lowered his season ERA from 6.34 to 6.10 after allowing one run on one hit and three walks with two strikeouts.

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