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Tillman continues rehab process in Sarasota

Posted on 08 April 2017 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman took the next step in the rehabilitation process for his right shoulder by throwing live batting practice in Sarasota on Saturday morning.

Monitored by pitching rehabilitation coordinator and former Orioles hurler Scott McGregor, the veteran right-hander threw 25 to 30 pitches and used all of his pitches in what amounted to a workday. McGregor told manager Buck Showalter that the session went well, but they will monitor how he feels on Sunday as they have the morning after every throwing sessions he’s completed this spring.

Tillman is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday when he goes two innings — or 30 pitches — in an extended spring game.

“He’s going to have to get built up,” Showalter said. “We had a [radar] gun and we filmed it today, but I’m not going to broadcast that. But he’s not where he’s going to be or needs to be, but that’s expected, especially at 10 o’clock in the morning with not a whole lot [going on]. You have to really push the intensity level.”

Showalter would like Tillman to rejoin the major league club after Tuesday’s outing to continue the rehab process, but a return to the Baltimore rotation is not expected until early May at best. The Orioles have mapped out a schedule for Tillman to pitch in minor-league home games with local affiliates, which would allow him to continue working out of the clubhouse at Camden Yards.

While reiterating that Tillman’s session went well on Saturday, Showalter went out of his way to be cautious in assessing his progress and the long-term outlook.

“I don’t know if they’re ever going to really feel like there’s a point where Chris is completely [where they say], ‘OK, he’s done that, so everything’s fine,'” Showalter said. “Each time he takes a workday and each time he throws, you’re anxious to see how he feels the next day. I’d really like to keep him in that environment down there [in Sarasota] as little as possible. I’m hoping after his two-inning stint that we can get him back in this environment.

“We’re really lucky to have Scott down there, a guy who’s had a lot of history with Chris and knows when it’s right and when it’s not. But he was positive in his report today.”

NOTES: Closer Zach Britton said his right ankle was fine after rolling it in the ninth inning of Friday’s win, but Showalter still wanted to see how he would respond to throwing on flat ground during batting practice. The lefty has pitched in each of Baltimore’s first three games. … Several candidates are still in play to pitch in Toronto next Saturday when the Orioles need a fifth starter for the first time. Showalter mentioned Jayson Aquino, Gabriel Ynoa, Mike Wright, and Alec Asher by name. … The Orioles have reaped the benefits of a five-man bench and eight-man bullpen over their first four games, but that will change Sunday when starting pitcher Wade Miley is activated from the disabled list to start in the series finale against the New York Yankees. … Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander (elbow) has been cleared to swing the bat, but he has not been cleared to throw and is not close to being ready to start a rehab assignment, according to Showalter. The Orioles would love to keep him in the organization, but they will be faced with a tough decision when he’s ready to be activated from the DL.

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Orioles offer positions to Castro, McGregor

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Orioles name Dom Chiti bullpen coach

The Orioles today announced that they have named DOM CHITI as their new bullpen coach. Chiti, 54, has worked in front offices, or on major or minor league staffs, since 1982. He joins the Orioles from Atlanta, where he had served as Special Assistant to the General Manager since 2008, additionally serving as Pitching Development and Special Assignment in 2013.

Prior to working Atlanta, Chiti was part of the Texas organization, where he served in multiple roles from 2002 through 2008. Chiti was the bullpen coach for the Rangers for three seasons (2006-08), a role he took over after serving as Director of Player Personnel from July 2004 through the 2005 season. Chiti joined the Rangers in 2002 as a Special Assistant to the General Manager (2002-03), and also served as the club’s advance scout in the first half of the 2004 season.

Chiti also spent 12 years (1989-2001) in the Cleveland Indians organization. He served as the club’s American League advance scout from 1996-2001 after joining the team in 1989 as a roving minor league instructor. He was promoted to the Major League club’s bullpen coach in 1992 and served as an advance scout in 1994. In 1995, he was the pitching coach for Triple-A Buffalo, a club that made the International League playoffs.

In 1982, Chiti’s coaching career began in the Orioles organization, where he spent nine seasons, serving as a minor league pitching coach and a roving pitching instructor.

Originally selected out of Raleigh-Egypt (TN) High School by the Braves in the second round of the 1976 draft, the left-hander pitched in the Braves system (1976-80) before ending his career with Baltimore affiliate Hagerstown in 1981. Chiti attended New River Community College in Dublin, VA, and majored in accounting.

Chiti’s father, Harry, was a major leaguer who spent more than eight seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers and the New York Mets.

BILL CASTRO and SCOTT McGREGOR, who served as bullpen coaches in 2013, have been offered positions within the organization.

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Adair takes leave of absence from Orioles

Posted on 16 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Orioles announce changes to coaching staff


The Orioles today announced that pitching coach RICK ADAIR has taken a personal leave of absence. BILL CASTRO has moved from bullpen coach to pitching coach and SCOTT McGREGOR joins the staff as bullpen coach.

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Orioles pitching coach Adair taking personal leave of absence

Posted on 16 August 2013 by WNST Staff

The Orioles announced Friday that pitching coach Rick Adair has taken a personal leave of absence. Bill Castro has moved from bullpen coach to pitching coach and Scott McGregor joins the staff as bullpen coach.

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