O's being careful with hurt Hennessey
Team does not think there is any lasting damage to hurler's elbow
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- There were no miracle cures and no indications of lasting damage.
Brad Hennessey showed up at Fort Lauderdale Stadium on Thursday in much the same condition as when he left Wednesday, giving the Orioles no reason to believe he'll be out for an extended period of time. Hennessey, who left his first spring appearance with a sore elbow, will be sidelined until he feels back to normal.
Hennessey, who was expected to compete for a rotation slot this spring, will be restricted to conditioning and weight work for the next few days. Brad Bergesen is expected to take his next scheduled start, and manager Dave Trembley has assured Hennessey that his chances won't be affected by the injury.
"He said, 'Don't rush yourself back. Once you're ready, we'll get you back out there,'" said Hennessey, a former first-round Draft pick of the San Francisco Giants. "That's reassuring, but being a competitor, you want to be out there as quick as you can. You do everything you can to get back on the field as fast as possible."
"I told him, 'You need to be fair with me [and] you need to be fair with yourself,'" added Trembley, relaying the conversation. "'You need to let me know when you're 100 percent. Did you feel anything in the elbow before you pitched yesterday?' He said no. I said, 'You warmed up exceedingly longer than most guys do as the starting pitcher yesterday. Did you do that because you had a hard time getting loose?' He said, 'I just wanted to take that.'
"'Did you feel anything out there before you started pitching in the first inning?' He said no. We're going to remain true to our word. 'When you tell me you're 100 percent, you'll go back out there and get a chance.'"
Trembley went on to say that he thought Hennessey may have tried to work himself into shape too vigorously, thus endangering his health and his job hunt simultaneously. Hennessey acknowledged that could be the case but said he's prepared himself in much the same way for most of his career.
"I don't think it's working too hard, per se. Maybe working too quickly," Trembley said. "[He was] just trying to be more ready as opposed to getting stretched out. I guess I can't really put a finger on it. It's just one of those things that happens, an overuse injury. You just take it for what it's worth and go through the steps, I guess."
The Orioles have 37 pitchers in camp, so they won't be badly affected by Hennessey's ailment in the short run. The right-hander isn't expected to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test. Baltimore also got positive news on reliever Kam Mickolio on Thursday, when the Orioles pronounced him recovered from a strained groin.
"Mickolio is completely cleared, so he has no restrictions anymore. So we're going to try to see what we can do to get him on the hill soon," Trembley said. "[Catcher Jose] Reyes hasn't played yet because he had some soreness in his elbow. He was completely cleared today to take infield and to hit, so maybe one more day for him."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.