After throwing 62 pitches over four innings against Orioles minor leaguers Sunday, right-hander Chris Tillman said he could have continued to add to his pitch count, and still thinks he will be ready for the regular season. “It went really good,” Tillman said. “It went well. I got to work on everything. Everything was there. Command was really good. I’m really happy with it. “I feel like I’m ready to go. I asked [Orioles pitching coach] Rick [Adair] if I could get up a time or two more yesterday and he said no, obviously trying to protect me. I would have liked to. I felt good. I definitely had plenty left in the tank to get back out there.” The Orioles have been cautious with Tillman, who is recovering from abdominal soreness that prompted him to be scratched from a start March 9. While other Orioles starters are reaching the six-inning, 80-pitch plateau, Tillman is slightly behind in his spring progress. By pitching Tillman in non-Grapefruit League games -- his final start will take place in a Friday exhibition against the State College of Florida -- it allowed the team to backdate any possible DL stint for a quick return. “To tell you the truth, I don’t think there’s any number of set number of pitches that’s going to make you ready for Opening Day,” Tillman said. “I think it’s more so up and down. The more times you get up and down, that’s what the harder part is for me. That’s how it is for me. The pitches really don’t have anything to do with it.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman pleased with progress
Baltimore Sun | Mar 25