Tillman on getting Sunday’s start
Chris Tillman found out Wednesday that he would be starting Sunday’s game. He joked that he was the last one to find out because he was fishing and he got the message from pitching coach Mark Connor a few hours later. No matter.
The 22-year-old Tillman, who was one of spring’s final cuts last year, will be part of the O’s Opening Day rotation, following Jeremy Guthrie and Brian Matusz. Jake Arrieta will start Monday’s home opener.
Tillman pitched to a 3.93 ERA but he had an uneven spring, and said after his last start that he had the worst stuff of camp. The right-hander has been working with Connor and bullpen coach Rick Adair and retooling his delivery and said Wednesday’s bullpen session gave him a confidence boost going into the season.
“After that, I feel fine,” Tillman said. “Coming off the start before that, if you had asked me [if I was physically ready] after that I would have said, ‘no’. but Mark and Rick they worked hard with me the whole spring, we had a great bullpen yesterday so I’m real encouraged after that.”