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 you’d 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 won’t 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 he’ll probably open the season at triple-A Las Vegas.

“It’s frustrating, it’s fatigue and when it gets inflamed and irritated that causes the pain,” Richmond said. “I’ve been dealing with it for a little while now but I’m trying to make the team. It’s tough trying to make the team throwing bad with a sore arm and nobody knows about it. It’s been bugging me for two weeks but it’s 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 I’m not pitching up to the level I can pitch at — my velocity is dropping, control is swaying, my arm slot’s dropping and they think I’m totally healthy ... it’s 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 that’s all I asked for, to have a chance,” Richmond said. “I know when I’m 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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