O’s/Nats Update: Koji hurt (again); Tillman leaves Norfolk game early

May 23, 2009 | Drew Forrester

Koji Uehara is enjoying the best season of any Baltimore starting pitcher in 2008, but once again tonight, he wasn’t able to hang around long enough to make the night easy for Dave Trembley.

Uehara, usually throwing in the towel at the 90-95 pitch mark, surrendered much earlier tonight, hanging ’em up after just 3 innings of work due to “hamstring tightness”.  That was the same injury that hampered him for three weeks in spring training.

Brian Bass came in and was decent, although he did allow a 5th inning home run that tied the game at 1-1.

Meanwhile, an interesting development has transpired with the Norfolk Tides tonight, as pitcher Chris Tillman has been pulled from his start after 2 innings of work (33 pitches…3 hits…2 unearned runs).

Is that a tip of the hand from the O’s that Tillman could be the starting pitcher on Tuesday night at home against Toronto, assuming the starting rotation spot previously occupied by Adam Eaton?

I’d be surprised if that winds up being the case, but his early departure tonight (and, apparently, it was not injury related) is certainly an eyebrow-raiser.

My early money was on David Hernandez getting recalled to take Eaton’s spot.  It might not be great timing for Hernandez, though, as he pitched Friday evening and threw 110 pitches.  I assume the O’s would not want to hand him his first major league start on 3 days rest.  In that case, Jason Berken could be the guy getting the ball on Tuesday.  He last started on Thursday night.  

And there’s always the possibility that Uehara’s injury is serious enough to warrant a trip to the DL, which would necessitate another roster move before next Koji’s next scheduled start.