VIERA, Fla. - After feeling discomfort in his elbow and ending a bullpen session early yesterday, right-handed reliever Cla Meredith said today his arm is still healthy. The submariner had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow over the offseason, but a MRI and X-ray showed no structural damage to his arm. Meredith has never had surgery before, so he's hoping the pain he experienced yesterday was his reaction to scar tissue in his elbow breaking up.
He will take a couple days off from throwing to let his arm rest, but Meredith isn't worried about the pain being indicative of a long-term injury.
"I'm certainly more relieved today than I was yesterday," he said.
Meredith said the pain he felt yesterday was worse than what he felt late last year, when his elbow steadily got worse as the year went on. He pitched in 21 games for the Orioles last year, posting a 5.40 ERA before being designated for assignment in June. He finished the year at Triple-A Norfolk.
He had been throwing on his own before Thursday, and said he had felt some pain, but a little extra adrenaline yesterday had him throwing harder than he'd done before.
"I snapped a slider off," he said. "For the first 20 pitches or so, until I did that, I was pretty excited with my stuff."