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Bowden, Cordero on the diagnosis

I talked to Chad Cordero as he awaited his flight from Birmingham. "Very relieved," he said.

"He said it was just normal stuff," Cordero said of the "clicking" in his shoulder. "Most pitchers have it at some point. It's nothing serious, andit's not going to damage me if I pitch with it."

Cordero did say, however, that he suspected it wasn't anything serious. "I had a feeling there wasn't going to be anything wrong," he said.

Cordero said he has to let the dye they shot into his shoulder a couple days, so it'll likely be Friday before he can throw again.

Jim Bowden stressed that Cordero will have to adhere to a new strengthening program set up by Andrews's office. "It's a different way of looking at the different muscles in the system and balancing them and putting a program together that he thinks will help increase the velocity quickly," Bowden said.

I asked whether Cordero is still in spring-training mode, basically wondering if he will need significant time to build up strength and, therefore, velocity.

"He feels good," Bowden said. "He goes out there and pitches and whether he's been throwing 78-80 or 85-87, he's getting them out. That part's encouraging. Now that he has a specific new program to build the strenght up, hopefully the velocity will come sooner rather than later."

We'll see how all this works out. Cordero will be back at Nationals Park tomorrow.

One other thing: Ross Detwiler came out of the game today for Class A Potomac not because of an injury, but because the organization has a pitch-limit for young guys in an inning. He was strugglign with his control and threw something like 40 pitches to get two outs. But there are no injury concerns.

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 23, 2008; 6:09 PM ET
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