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07/03/08 7:57 PM ET

Walker set to begin throwing soon

O's reliever put on DL Monday with inflammation in left elbow

BALTIMORE -- If Jamie Walker had it his way, he'd be off the disabled list in a heartbeat. The Orioles reliever, who has been on the DL since Monday, June 30, with inflammation in his left elbow, received a cortisone shot in the elbow and is expected to begin throwing as soon as Thursday afternoon.

In the hopes that he would be ready to rejoin the active lineup by next Saturday, July 12, in Boston, Walker said he'd like to start throwing again by Thursday or Friday of this week.

"I feel like Superman right now," Walker said. "I'll know more when I start throwing. I'm hoping to start throwing fairly soon, I've never had [anything] wrong with my elbow. I'm having to rely on our trainers, which I trust in them a lot -- they've been around -- so they've dealt with stuff like this, but it's my first time."

Walker went on the disabled list after pitching with what he referred to as bone spurs in his elbow for about a month, making room for the Orioles to activate pitcher Adam Loewen who had been on the DL since April 24.

The time off, however, is not something Walker is looking too kindly upon. But the veteran reliever knows that he is on the DL for a reason and until he can be pain free, he will remain there.

"I want to come back today to be honest with you. ... I'm losing my mind," Walker said. "I want to come back as soon as I can but if it's still hurting or something, I'm not going to come back. I'm not going to tell [manager] Dave [Trembley] I'm 100 percent if I'm not because that's not fair to my teammates -- if I come back, some player has got to go down and I have a lot of respect for everybody in here. If I'm 100 percent, that's the way it is, I'm going to be ready."

"I would imagine, the way he is, is that he's having a real difficult time not being out there," said Trembley, echoing the sentiments of his pitcher. "It's a different experience for him."

If, however, Walker is not ready to go by next Saturday, allowing the reliever to wait out the All-Star break is also an option for the Orioles.

Amanda Comak is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.