Scan reveals 'widening' of Loewen elb...

Scan reveals 'widening' of Loewen elbow injury

There are 24 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jul 9, 2008, titled Scan reveals 'widening' of Loewen elbow injury. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Loewen has consulted with club orthopedist John Wilckens and is expected to call Dr.

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Bob S

Augusta, ME

#1 Jul 9, 2008
I think Trembley should throw his entire bullpen every game. Let the starter go a solid four. That's asking a lot but somebody has to suck it up and gut out a few innings. Then start the parade from the 'pen. You have your fifth inning guy, who's that all-important bridge to the later inning guys. Then, the lefty-righty match-ups for the sixth and seventh. That'll take four or five critical relievers to get through.Then the 8th inning brigade (minimum of three hurlers). And finally Sherrill, and when he screws up, a wide-eyed rookie who can't remember what a strike zone is for and thinks hitters are guys you should drill. This way, everybody gets burned out at the same time, Trembley feels like he's a master of baseball strategy and everybody will recognize the team again.

Bullpen-by-committee. Gotta love it!
Joe Carper

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Jul 9, 2008
sorry, but after watching "catcher Hernandez,( & listening to good announcers,like rick Dempsey), it's time to forget, or at least relegate him to the backup.Also. after the 11-10 loss to texas,( his bad throw not making the double play , then allowing 4 runs to lose, & last nights error to allow winning run in, plus anemic batting avg., time to release Bynum, he's just taking up space. Also, the Tide's catcher just made the all star team. Bring hin up, or plav Quiroz.
We need starters, looks like last few years, starters not going deeper, wearing out bullpen.
Other than that, stay the course, we're finally heading in thr right direction. Hats off to McPhail,( what a trade with Seattle!) they are shopping Eric Bedard already!
Bill

Naples, FL

#3 Jul 9, 2008
Get the thing fixed Lowen so you can play or be traded. Piddling around with rehab like Albers is doing is a waste.
Joe Carper

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Jul 9, 2008
Not from Pa, from Seaford, De., transplanted from Baltimore.
Go O's

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Since: Jun 08

Greensboro, NC

#5 Jul 9, 2008
Unfortunately, the situation in the Baltimore bullpen led to Loewen's injury. If the Orioles had enough pitching at the Major League level, maybe he would not have been rushed as much. Sure he was eager t return. However, the Orioles were also eager to fill in that void in the bullpen.
Hatepaste

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Jul 9, 2008
Hope Loewen can get this thing healed properly. Would like to see him pitch again...If not Rick Ankiel has 19 homers this year, maybe he can start hitting.

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terps19

Montréal, Canada

#7 Jul 9, 2008
In better minor league news:

AAA- Kam Mickalo pitched 2 scoreless innings in his debut in AAA striking out 4 of the 7 batters he faced. I'd say it is Miller-Time soon 2.26 ERA with 50K in 40 innings.

AA- Luis Montanez is hitting .309 with 18 homeruns. Noland reimold is hitting .291 with 15 homeruns. Jeff Nettles (3b) has 16 homeruns and has lifted his average to .267; he is however 30 yers old. Matt Weiters is 13-38 with 2 homeruns. D Hernandez 2.70 ERA 105 SO and 40 BB in 90 innings. Bergessen 10-2 2.53 ERA. Tillman 7-2 3.12 ERA

A- Brandon Snyder has lifted his average to .290- still only has 5 homeruns but is a doubles machine. Arrieta 6-4 2.96 era with 101 K in 90innings. Joseph Nowicki hitting .295 with 13 homeruns. Sean Gleason 5-1 2.96 Era.

Anyone heard of Elvin Polanco from low A Delmarva? 1B hitting .351.

I hope Adamn has a speedy recovery
g dubbs

Silver Spring, MD

#8 Jul 9, 2008
loewen is done, dont you all get this?

he basically hasnt played in 2 seasons

there's only so much bubble gum and duct tape you can but on that arm

done. o's need some tougher players, theyre all soft

what happend to the days when starters would go a full 9, and extra innings if it went to it?
Ardleigh

New York, NY

#9 Jul 9, 2008
In 1979, Dennis Martinez, age 24, threw 18 complete games.

18.
demOs

Romulus, MI

#10 Jul 9, 2008
I must agree Loewen is done. This type of thing just doesn't heal. At least not to the extent that he will be able to be a solid, dependable MLB starter. There are plenty of arms in this organization. Look at any athlete with this type of stress injury - its career ending. Ask Jonathan Ogden, different part of the body to be sure, but it never heals completely. At least not to the point where it can handle the rigors of professional sports. Too bad.
demOs

Romulus, MI

#11 Jul 9, 2008
Ardleigh wrote:
In 1979, Dennis Martinez, age 24, threw 18 complete games.
18.
And he was drunk as a skunk for everyone of them.
Nick

United States

#12 Jul 9, 2008
It's a shame we'll never see Adam pitch effectively again (sigh)...
Stealthy Ghost Oriole

Philadelphia, PA

#13 Jul 9, 2008
Again? What did I miss?
Stealthy Ghost Oriole

Philadelphia, PA

#14 Jul 9, 2008
Terps 19---

You scoured four levels of the O's minor leagues and found 14 guys posting decent results.

That's not good. I know you want to be optimistic, but a few guys per level is really close to empty.
terps19

Montréal, Canada

#15 Jul 9, 2008
Stealthy Ghost Oriole wrote:
Terps 19---
You scoured four levels of the O's minor leagues and found 14 guys posting decent results.
That's not good. I know you want to be optimistic, but a few guys per level is really close to empty.
True- some of those 14 will progress and make it to the BIGS and some will not. Then again some of the people I didnt mention will make it to the Bigs. I am just trying to point out that after Huff, Millar, Hernandez, Payton, and Dcab, there are some who might fill in admirably. I dont think i included anyone in last or this years draft either except for Weiters and then there is this years draft. Dont get me wrong I believe the group of guys that we have now are a .500 team at best BUT with the value of Huff, Payton, Roberts, DCab etc we could get some good POSITION PROSPECTS which we really really need. We need to restock the farm system with QUALITY prospects which we are starting to do and starting to see some results. Some results are better than no results and I would rather see prospects develop individually than not at all. For some it just takes time. Rowell could turn out to be great but will he? I dunno. We need to continue the path of the firesale and get more quality to fill out the minors and fill in holes in the majors.
Attila the Hon

United States

#16 Jul 9, 2008
What Dan Connolly is trying to say in so many words is that Alberto Castillo the pitcher, like the former Orioles catcher of the same name, is just another circus freak. The main question now is whether his time in Baltimore will be longer than the lifespan of a tsetse fly.
Maryland Cat

Powhatan, VA

#17 Jul 9, 2008
Adam Loewen is going to have to fall back on his second choice as a career. Baseball, especially pitching, can't be played with a soft arm. It's too bad , but he needs to see it for what it is and pack it in. The O's have to start putting their time in on finding the next promising pitcher to fill their needs. The starters are not pitching well enough to give the bullpen a rest, and I'm not too sure as the season progresses that this bullpen is really as good as the hype it has received. That includes Sherrill. It's a shame that he is the player representing the Orioles instead of Roberts who is the deserving one. Happy second half!
Jeff V

Ruskin, FL

#18 Jul 9, 2008
"Again? What did I miss?"

He was lights out for Canada in the WBC against team USA.
Stealthy Ghost Oriole

Philadelphia, PA

#19 Jul 9, 2008
"Again? What did I miss?"

He was lights out for Canada in the WBC against team USA.
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What about that game in his junior year of high school? And don't forget that time in whiffle ball where he struck out big Bobby Johnson.

Hey, at least Loewen received $4 million before the age of 25. He has time to go to college and make a career for himself.
John

Salisbury, MD

#20 Jul 9, 2008
I said all along working Loewen out of the bullpen was a bad idea. His arm didn't have time to recover between outings and the warm ups were more rushed as a reliever.The injury may have happened anyway but it's a shame either way. He won't pitch again this year, there's no need to.This Castillo guy looked horriblelast night,maybe it was just nerves. We'll see if he gets another outing. Walker's ready why didnt they just reactivate him instead?

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