07/03/10 6:49 PM ET
Johnson still dealing with discomfort
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
Johnson said he got back to about 120 feet at the team's Minor League Complex in Sarasota, Fla., before he had to stop and get examined by one of the trainers.
"[The trainer] said it looks more like it's the same kind of thing I was dealing with a couple days ago," said Johnson, who was diagnosed with a low-grade tear in his elbow in mid-May and was shut down for four days last week with discomfort.
"It's not nearly as bad [as it was]. So, we're taking the positive out of it."
He was also encouraged that the problem doesn't seem to be the actual ligament, but the muscle around it, and will spend the next week to 10 days doing treatment and strengthening exercises.
"We are going to take a couple more days off this time and get it totally pain-free before we go any further," said Johnson, who remains optimistic that he can avoid Tommy John surgery.
"What's going on now isn't with the ligament, so we aren't looking at surgery, not right now. We are going to try to do as much as we can right now and rule out every possibility," he said. "I think we're on the right track."
Pitching with elbow discomfort since the second game of the season, Johnson went 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA before the Orioles optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. Johnson got his elbow examined after throwing one inning for the Tides on May 4.
Pie still on track to return Monday
BOSTON -- Outfielder Felix Pie played another full rehab game on Friday -- after dealing with hamstring tightness during Thursday's contest -- and is still on track to be activated for Monday's series in Detroit.
"[Pie had] no complaints," interim manager Juan Samuel said of the report from Double-A Bowie. "That was good news for us."
Pie, who has been playing for Bowie since June 29, went 0-for-3 with a walk on Friday and is expected to play another full game for the Baysox on Saturday. He has been on the 60-day disabled list with an upper back strain suffered in mid-April.
If everything goes according to plan, Samuel said the team will fly Pie out on Sunday, and the corresponding roster move, which could be a pitcher or position player, will be decided.
Orioles announce Minor honors for June
BOSTON -- The Orioles announced Saturday that Zach Britton and Tyler Henson were named the organization's Pitcher of the Month and Player of the Month, respectively, for June.
Britton went 3-0 with a 0.66 ERA in four starts with Double-A Bowie and was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the week. He tossed six shutout innings in his debut on Thursday and will also represent the Orioles on Team USA in this year's Futures Game.
Britton is a highly touted lefty who could see time in Baltimore at some point this season.
Henson, an outfielder for Bowie, hit .350 with nine doubles, four homers and 13 RBIs in 27 June games. He posted a .553 slugging percentage, .391 on-base percentage and scored 19 runs.
Second baseman Brian Roberts has progressed to taking batting practice off the coaches at the club's Minor League complex in Sarasota, Fla. ... Several Orioles said they thought J.D. Drew's first homer in the second inning of Friday's game did go out, which is what prompted interim manager Juan Samuel to not question it or ask for a review. Television replays showed a fan grabbing Drew's ball before it went over the Green Monster. ... Adam Jones hit eight homers in June, tied for second-most in the American League over that span. ... The Orioles and Red Sox will wear special "Stars & Stripes" caps for Sunday's game. Major League Baseball will donate 100 percent of the proceeds it receives from the caps to Welcome Back Veterans, a program which addresses the needs of returning American veterans and their families.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.