SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles starter Justin Duchscherer threw approximately 30 pitches prior to Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Twins -- including 20 off a regular mound -- and said his sore left hip felt "perfectly fine."

"It felt like my hip was 100 percent," said Duchscherer, who thinks he was overly cautious in dealing with soreness over the weekend. "Today, it felt pretty much the way it did before I had an issue, so it's a very positive step for me."

Duchscherer is coming off his fourth surgery in two seasons -- most recently on his left hip -- and was scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start after experiencing some discomfort on Saturday.

Under the watchful eye of manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Mark Connor, Duchscherer threw on one of the team's back fields with no problem, a welcome sign of relief.

"Knowing that I might have a little soreness or whatever, being able to combat it with some anti-inflammatories and understanding that just because it gets a little flared up doesn't mean I have to have surgery or something like that," Duchscherer said, "for me going forward, if I have a little soreness, I won't get as panicked as I was last time."

Although the 33-year-old is injury-prone, the Orioles decided he was worth the risk, signing Duchscherer to an incentive-laden deal this winter. The thought is that if he's healthy and productive, he will be in the team's Opening Day rotation.

"Obviously, I didn't sign and come here to miss time," Duchscherer said. "As a professional athlete, the worst thing in the world is when you're missing time and you're not helping your team. I've had a rough go the last couple of years, and that's not my goal this year. I want to throw 200 innings, win 20 games and do all the things I've always aspired to do. That's my goal."

Duchscherer is unsure about what the next step in his progression will be, but he planned on taking a light day Friday and potentially throwing again on Saturday.

Matusz has wart removed

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz had a wart removed near the nail of his left middle finger on Friday morning, a procedure which almost definitely will force him to miss his next spring start.

Manager Buck Showalter -- who delivered the news following Matusz's scoreless two-inning start in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Twins -- said that the team will err on the side of caution.

"It's something we're aware of and it became an issue," Showalter said. "He's feeling it some when the breaking ball is coming off."

The wart first came to light at the end of last season. If all goes according to plan, Matusz will fly back to Florida on Friday night, and he will be slotted back in the O's rotation accordingly.

"We don't want this thing to be something that really shows its head up in the middle of the season, and now he misses more than one start, or even a start, in the season," Showalter said. "It won't be anything that he couldn't come back from."

Uehara shut down for few days following shot

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles closer hopeful Koji Uehara received a cortisone injection in his right elbow Thursday and will be shut down for the next few days.

Uehara, speaking through interpreter Jiwon Bang, said that the issue is arm fatigue, and he expects to be back pitching within a week.

"It's not even serious," Uehara said. "I'm not concerned about it."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter echoed that sentiment and downplayed the shot, which Uehara has reportedly received before. Still, any minor injury to Uehara -- who has made four trips to the disabled list in two seasons -- is something that Baltimore will closely monitor.

Judge: Simon can be released after posting bail

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The judge in Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon's case in the Dominican Republic announced Thursday that Simon can be released after posting bail.

While exact details are still unknown, the bail amount is believed to be around 2 million pesos, which equates to a figure around $60,000. It's important to note that being granted bail doesn't mean the charges are dropped. Simon has to remain in the country while on bail.

Simon has been in custody since early January as the primary suspect in the New Year's Eve shooting death of Michel Esteban Castillo Almonte. Simon was denied bail twice before, but he received good news Friday when The Associated Press reported that Almonte's family dropped a civil lawsuit against him.