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Tillman scratched with soreness in left side

Tillman scratched with soreness in left side

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was scratched from Sunday's start due to soreness in his left side. However, the 24-year-old expects be pushed back just a few days and to pitch later in the week.

"It's just a precautionary thing in my side, it kind of flared up the other day," Tillman said. "I think just to be safe, I just want to take it easy for now. Nothing big, but I'm not going to downplay it either. Nothing I'm really worried about, just want to be safe."

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Tillman said he wasn't sure if he would have made Sunday's start had it been during the regular season, acknowledging that it would be the team's -- and not his -- decision in that scenario. Projected to be one of Baltimore's starting five after going 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 15 games last year, Tillman said the issue isn't in his oblique, which is a very good thing, and the hope is some rest will calm down the area.

"It's my left side," Tillman said. "I had it early in camp, and the more I threw the better it got. [Saturday] it just kind of was nagging me a little bit. And I'm thinking more risk and reward right now. What am I really going to gain from me going out there throwing, and what am I really going to lose from not throwing? Do I like it? No. But is it the best decision? Probably."

Miguel Gonzalez, who was originally scheduled to follow Tillman, started Sunday's game against the Pirates.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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