Steve Melewski joined Ed and Rob on the morning show to discuss Chris Tillman and his first rehab start and what could happen to the roster if he returned in the coming weeks.
Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman made big step in his rehabilitation from shoulder soreness on Monday night with his first start with the Double-A Bowie Baysox.
Both Rob Long and Steve are not concerned with Tillman’s performance on his first rehab start back on the mound. In 2 2⁄3 innings he threw 42 pitches with his fastball starting in the high 80s and topping out at either 90 or 92.
Melewski said, “There’s a reason it’s a throwing progression. You start real slow and you build a little, and you get to 90, 100 pitches and you get to where you velocity picks up, and your command gets better and you bring him up to the major leagues. The biggest thing is…how does he feel? We’re just going to have to take this day by day.”
If all goes well, the Orioles will need to open up a roster spot. May 2, 2017 is likely the earliest the team would have to make that decision.
Tune in to hear the full discussion below: