O’s Today: Uehara impressive in win over Nats

April 03, 2009 | Drew Forrester

At last, some good news about an O’s starting pitcher.

There have been wars shorter than the time it took for the O’s to get a solid start from one of its pitchers this week.

Koji Uehara was very good today, giving up 1 hit in 6 innings of work as the Birds defeated Washington, 6-3, in Norfolk, VA.

Uehara, without question, was one of the Grapefruit League bright spots for the O’s…and there weren’t many, believe me.  

The 32-year old Japanese import is scheduled to start next Wednesday’s home game vs. the New York Yankees.  

Meanwhile, the good news on Uehara was tempered somewhat by the disclosure from Manager Dave Trembley that Adam Eaton has secured the 5th and final spot in the team’s starting rotation.  Because of the early-season schedule, Eaton will have to pitch until April 12, but the fact remains that Baltimore’s starting five includes two guys (Eaton and Mark Hendrickson) who are well past their useful service-time and another, Alfredo Simon, who has virtually no major league experience.

Just a hunch:  It’s not going to be pretty.

I’ll be at the ballpark on Monday, offering live blog updates beginning at 2pm, as well as post-game analysis on WNST.net.

Buckle up, gang.