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Orioles catcher J.P. Arencibia receives cortisone shot for muscle strain in throwing arm

J.P. Arencibia stretches during a spring training workout.
J.P. Arencibia stretches during a spring training workout. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

SARASOTA, FLA. — Orioles catcher J.P. Arencibia received a cortisone shot in his right forearm/elbow area on Monday morning for a flexor mass strain that has kept him out of action the past five days.

"We did some tests this morning and said what the smartest route could be to try to get ready as soon as possible and back on the field," he said. "So I got a shot and in two days we'll re-evaluate it. That's really all I know."

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Arencibia was scratched from a minor league startThursday. He joined the Orioles' split-squad on its trip to Dunedin to play the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, but Arencibia said he had discomfort in the area after taking pregame batting practice. He also tried to throw, hoping he could loosen the muscle up, but still felt discomfort there.

"Yesterday I thought I was fine to play, so I went on the trip," Arencibia said. "Batting practice is when it started bothering me. I kind of felt it kind of grabbing me. For me, that set me off a little bit more. It's a strain in the muscle, it's nothing with a tendon or anything like that. … I've never had anything in my arm before."

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At the time of the injury, Arencibia – who is competing for the backup catcher spot but is signed to a minor league deal -- was playing in his third straight minor league game after struggling in Grapefruit League games. He was 2-for-17 and had four passes balls in big league games but felt he was starting to turn his spring around.

"It's frustrating obviously, especially after going down a few days and being able to play six innings for two games and really feel good and hit a home run," Arencibia said. "I was having good at bats and making progress, but it is what it is. Things happen for a reason. You can't control that stuff. I'll make the best of it and whatever happens happens. ... I'm confident in my abilities. I'll put up numbers. I'll do whatever I need to do to help the team win."

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