Shoulder Stiffness Slows Smith

May 25, 2009 | 12:05 pm | 1  

Left-hander Greg Smith only threw 65 pitches Sunday in his first start for Triple-A Colorado Springs, leaving because he felt stiffness in his shoulder.

Smith held Round Rock to one hit in five scoreless innings while throwing 43 strikes with one walk and three strikeouts. He had moved up to Colorado Springs after making two starts for Modesto and going 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA.

Smith is recovering from left biceps fatigue, a condition he developed late in spring training after an extended bout with the flu caused him to lose 15 pounds.

Left-hander Franklin Morales will throw his second simulated game Tuesday. Morales, who has been on the disabled list since April 22 with a strained lat muscle, could begin a rehab assignment if his simulated game goes well.

Reliever Ryan Speier joined Colorado Springs on Monday, his third stop on a rehab assignment. Speier, who has been on the disabled list since April 19 with a left hamstring strain, went 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three appearances for Modesto and again went 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three games for Double-A Tulsa, the last of which was Sunday.

Reliever Taylor Buchholz, who threw 35 pitches in the bullpen Sunday, will throw another bullpen session Wednesday. If that goes well, Buchholz could face hitters later in the week.

Also, infielder Jeff Baker will be examined Wednesday in Baltimore by Dr. Thomas Graham, a hand specialist who has operated on Baker’s wrist. Baker was moved to the 60-day disabled list Sunday and won’t be eligible to be activated until June 25.

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  • Lance | May 26, 2009 | 1:23 pm

    Jack – thank you for these continuous updates. On Baker, what are possible outcomes here? It seems he went DL with a minor hand injury that now has turned into a 60-day DL stint. Any idea how serious this really is and potential prognosis for his return?