BALTIMORE — Tornoto Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey said he expects to make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Orioles despite being bothered by soreness in his neck and back.
Dickey was forced to leave his last start on April 18 after throwing six shutout innings against the Chicago White Sox. The knuckleballer said he first experienced the injury in his previous start at Kansas City.
Before Toronto faced Baltimore on Monday, Dickey said, “I feel better than I did leading into my last start. I think we’ve given it enough rest and treatment.”
Dickey skipped his bullpen session between starts, choosing to play catch on the side instead.
The 38-year-old said he wasn’t sure how long he would last Tuesday, noting, “It tends to tighten up as the game goes along.”
Myers OUT ABOUT A MONTH: Cleveland Indians right-hander Brett Myers is expected to miss about a month because of tendinitis and a mild ligament sprain in his right elbow.
Myers pitched five innings of three-run ball against Houston on Friday, then said he had been dealing with a problem with the flexor tendon in his arm since spring training. He is 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA in three starts and one relief appearances this season, allowing 10 homers.
The Indians placed Myers on the disabled list Sunday and made the move retroactive to Saturday. The pitcher returned to Cleveland over the weekend, where he was diagnosed with right elbow tendinitis and a mild ulnar collateral ligament sprain. He will stop throwing for two weeks, and then be evaluated again.
Arrieta sent to minors: In Baltimore, the Orioles optioned Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk, where the right-hander hopes to iron out the control problems that have plagued him throughout the season.
Arrieta walked five and hit a batter over four-plus innings Sunday in a 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although the 27-year-old gave up only two hits, he was charged with five runs and threw 91 pitches.
After being told of his demotion Monday, Arreita said, “I just wasn’t doing my job well enough. That’s the bottom line. The team needs me to be better.”
Arrieta is 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts. He’s walked 16 in 19 innings.
Baltimore recalled right-hander Alex Burnett from Norfolk. Burnett was claimed off waivers from Toronto on April 12.
Danks’ rehab stint delayed: White Sox pitcher John Danks is going to make another start in extended spring training Friday.
Danks met with general manager Rick Hahn, manager Robin Ventura, pitching coach Don Cooper and trainer Herm Schneider before Monday’s game against the Cleveland Indians. The left-hander was hoping to begin a minor league rehab stint, but the group decided on at least one more start in the more controllable conditions in Arizona.
Danks made only nine starts last season before season-ending surgery in August to repair a capsule tear and remove debris in his rotator cuff and biceps. He is in the second season of a $65 million, five-year contract.
Reddick, Moss visit young bombing victim: In Boston, Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss of the Oakland Athletics visited an 11-year old boy Monday who was injured a week ago in the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Moss and Reddick, who both previously played for the Red Sox, are in town for the start of a three-game series against the Red Sox.
They spent time at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, visiting Aaron Hern, who is from the Oakland area and had his left leg hit by shrapnel in the bombings.