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That Shawn Hill arm soreness? Not normal

So Shawn Hill has been complaining of soreness in his right forearm, right? He said he feels like it's normal. However ...

... it persisted enough that the team took a precautionary MRI today. Though the test showed no tendon tear or swelling -- which is good news -- it is enough of a concern that the club will "slow him down" now. They consider it, possibly, an "overuse" situation, which is interesting considering how cautiously they're taking it with him.

I'll get the specific schedule for him after the game, but I'd imagine he'll at least miss his first scheduled start of the spring, which was supposed to be Wednesday. How much this screws up the rotation for the opener remains to be seen.

John Patterson: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. He allowed a homer on a hanging 1-0 curveball to Moore, and the other hit was a double from Luke Scott in the first that was actually a fly ball that Austin Kearns could not see at all. Patterson seemed to be throwing a lot of curveballs. Not sure why, but will ask.

Also: A change in the pitching shuffle, with John Lannan now taking the mound. I'll let you know how this pans out.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 1, 2008; 1:30 PM ET
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