Chris Ray’s march back from tendinitis in his right biceps began with a small step on Saturday, when the erstwhile closer began a throwing program. Ray will go to the team’s Minor League complex in Sarasota to continue his program and edge back to health.
Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said the causes of the injury are still unclear.
“I asked him in Anaheim, and he just felt he was trying to get more movement on his pitches,” said Trembley of Ray’s sore arm. “I think he was trying to get up on top and got a little higher than normal. That’s what he told me.”
Ray, who missed all of the ’08 season while recovering from ligament replacement surgery on his elbow, is still trying to find the form that allowed him to log 49 career saves. The Orioles will bear with him as long as it takes, even if it means a demotion to Triple-A Norfolk.