DUNEDIN, Fla. ó They say that bad luck is better than no luck at all but youíd be hard pressed to run that bye the Blue Jaysí 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 wonít 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 heíll probably open the season at triple-A Las Vegas.
ďItís frustrating, itís fatigue and when it gets inflamed and irritated that causes the pain,Ē Richmond said. ďIíve been dealing with it for a little while now but Iím trying to make the team. Itís tough trying to make the team throwing bad with a sore arm and nobody knows about it. Itís been bugging me for two weeks but itís getting progressively worse so I needed to say something.Ē
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.
ďI was willing to throw through it and just keep continuing to grind it out but once Iím not pitching up to the level I can pitch at ó my velocity is dropping, control is swaying, my arm slotís dropping and they think Iím totally healthy ... itís getting worse not better so I better say something.Ē
A bummer? You bet.
ďI had a chance to make the team. I knew it was a long shot but thatís all I asked for, to have a chance,Ē Richmond said. ďI know when Iím healthy I can pitch at a high level. I just need to get my arm back healthy.Ē
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.