Tillman to make debut vs. KC next week?

July 21, 2009 | Drew Forrester

My little bird-in-a-tree, yes, the same one who told me earlier this year about Reimold’s call-up (the day before it happened) and Sarfate’s injury, has indicated that the plan is to have Chris Tillman make his major league debut sometime in next week’s series vs. Kansas City at Camden Yards.

When?  The “bird” didn’t know.  But Monday makes sense to me.  Jason Berken is pitching Wednesday afternoon in the Bronx. He’s likely to get lit up. Five days later, the O’s host the Royals.  That would be Berken’s turn to throw.  What better way – lowest of low risks – to bring a kid into the majors than to give Tillman the ball that night — against one of the Hapless Brothers…the Royals?

He’d then face Boston over the weekend at home.  Two starts, two home games.  

Makes sense to me.

Then again, I’m only reporting what I’ve been told up in the tree.

Of course, Rich Hill and Berken could both dazzle us over the next 28 hours or so and we’d have to re-think all of this, right?

I know, pigs will fly.

So let’s see how it plays out.  Does Tillman come up next week against KC?  Monday makes sense.  

My “bird” thinks so.  And he should know.

Let’s see if he does.