Richmond on the shelf

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:34 PM ET

DUNEDIN, Fla. They say that bad luck is better than no luck at all but youd be hard pressed to run that bye the Blue Jays Scott Richmond.

Richmond of North Vancouver is on the shelf for the next little while because of fatigue and inflammation of the deltoid ligament of his right shoulder. He was examined by Dr. Steve Mirabello on Friday, who found no structural damage, and was advised to stop throwing and rest the shoulder. He wont pick up a ball again until Tuesday.

Richmond was a long shot to make the team as a starter or member of the bullpen but now that opportunity is out the window and hell probably open the season at triple-A Las Vegas.

Its frustrating, its fatigue and when it gets inflamed and irritated that causes the pain, Richmond said. Ive been dealing with it for a little while now but Im trying to make the team. Its tough trying to make the team throwing bad with a sore arm and nobody knows about it. Its been bugging me for two weeks but its getting progressively worse so I needed to say something.

Last season, Richmond suffered a shoulder impingement in the spring that went on to limit his season to nine minor-league appearances. He thought those problems were all in the past but now this.

I was willing to throw through it and just keep continuing to grind it out but once Im not pitching up to the level I can pitch at my velocity is dropping, control is swaying, my arm slots dropping and they think Im totally healthy ... its getting worse not better so I better say something.

A bummer? You bet.

I had a chance to make the team. I knew it was a long shot but thats all I asked for, to have a chance, Richmond said. I know when Im healthy I can pitch at a high level. I just need to get my arm back healthy.

Manager John Farrell also reported that veteran reliever Octavio Dotel was scratched from throwing Friday. Farrell said he felt a twinge in his hamstring throwing against Tampa on Tuesday and will be backed off for a bit. He should be back on Sunday.


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