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Orioles' Chris Tillman over his 'freak' injury, ready to start Saturday

Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning on Aug. 6, 2016 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning on Aug. 6, 2016 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago. (David Banks / Getty Images)

After more than a week out of the Orioles rotation, right-hander Chris Tillman said resting after feeling shoulder discomfort that held him out of his turn in the rotation Wednesday has made "a big difference" and he's ready to start Saturday.

"I was pretty sore a couple days ago," Tillman said. "It was uncomfortable. But like I said, I probably could have gone, but it wasn't smart. I feel much better my last couple days. So I feel good about it."

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Tillman threw a flat-ground session Thursday to make sure he was better, and even on Friday — a week after he initially felt the discomfort — he couldn't quite figure out where it came from.

"I think it's more of a freak thing," he said. "If I knew what caused it, it'd be much easier, but I really don't think it was pitching. It must have been just something I had done. I'm not saying I did something stupid that did it, but sleeping, sitting wrong. I don't know. But I feel pretty good about it. I've got to stay on top of it and not let it hang around too long. I don't think it's anything big that I really need to worry about."

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