BALTIMORE– Koji Uehara will pitch an inning for Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday and could throw again Monday if the Orioles decide to err on the side of caution.
Uehara tossed a scoreless inning for Double-A Bowie earlier on Thursday with pitching coach Rick Kranitz on hand for the 13 pitch-outing. Manager Dave Trembley said the team wanted Koji to throw against some better competition before being activated.
“He’s ready to go, he’d like to here now,” Trembley said. “ut Kranny talked to him after his outing today and we’re going to get him to pitch at least one more time in Triple-A.”
It was Uehara’s second rehab outing; he also threw a scoreless inning –allowing a hit and a strikeout–for Bowie on Tuesday night. Although both of Uehara’s innings have been quick, Trembley said he won’t need the right-hander to reach a certain pitch count to be ready.
“I don’t think it’s pitches at all,” Trembley said. “Because I don’t think he’d be a multiple inning guy when he comes here. He’s going to be a one-inning guy.”