SARASOTA, Fla. – Chris Tillman says his hip bothers him when he walks. It doesn’t bother him when he’s running or throwing. He says the Orioles want him to be careful with the injury, which prevented him from throwing in Sunday’s game. He’ll have further testing on Monday.
“I’ve thrown every day. I haven’t missed a bit of throwing or conditioning stuff, but it’s the small stuff that kind of bothers [me] right now,” Tillman said.
“It is confusing. I think that’s why we want to make sure.”
It’s the first time Tillman has had hip issues, and felt it for the first time on Thursday, and while it was better on Friday, he again felt it getting out of bed on Saturday.
“It feels good today. To be honest, I feel like I could do my stuff today,” Tillman said. “I think we just want to get ahead of it and stay ahead of it. I’m OK with that because I’m not missing my throwing, and I’m not missing my conditioning.”
The Orioles’ Opening Day pitcher the last two seasons, Tillman has worked for weeks, even before spring training began at the Orioles complex.
“I think because my core, my hips are probably in the best shape they’ve been, I’m that far ahead, and I don’t think it will be that long to get it back unless it’s something that we don’t know, which I don’t think it is,” Tillman said.
Tillman is not currently scheduled for a starting assignment.
“If I had felt like I did the day before I probably would have pitched [Sunday]. I woke up in the morning, and I kind of got overconfident with it,” Tillman said. “I personally kind of messed it up.”
He thinks the Orioles caution is called for.
“That’s their call, and I agree with it, to tell the truth,” Tillman said.