SARASOTA, Fla. – Chris Tillman was supposed to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. He’s out with abdominal soreness, and Miguel Gonzalez will start instead.
Manager Buck Showalter revealed that Tillman wouldn’t start after Saturday night’s game against Boston in Fort Myers.
“It’s just a precautionary thing in my side; it kind of flared up the other day. I think just to be safe, I just want to take it easy for now,” Tillman said. “Nothing big, but I’m not going to downplay it either. Nothing I’m really worried about. Just want to be safe.”
Tillman has pitched only once, a week ago against Philadelphia, and allowed a wind-blown two-run home run to Michael Young in 2 2/3 innings.
Had this been the regular season, Tillman said he probably wouldn’t have missed a start.
“It’s my left side. I had it early in camp and the more I threw the better it got and yesterday it just kind of was nagging me a little bit,” Tillman said.
“I’m thinking more risk and reward right now. What am I really going to gain from me going out there throwing and what am I really going to lose from not throwing? Do I like it? No. But is it the best decision? Probably.”
Nick Markakis said that his Monday MRI on his neck is precautionary “to see what's going on in there and identify exactly what it is that's bothering me."
Markakis was scratched from last Sunday’s game, and on Wednesday said had it been the regular season, he would have played.
“That day I was feeling good. I woke up the next morning pretty locked up or tight or whatever you want to call it. But I'm better today than I was yesterday, so it's going in the right direction,” Markakis said.
“I think it's just some muscle tightness, but we'll definitely find out tomorrow."