Koji Uehara out “a few days” after cortisone injection in elbow

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Koji Uehara won’t throw for at least a few days after getting a cortisone injection today in his right elbow.

Uehara told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that the injury “is not even serious” and described it as merely “arm fatigue,” but the closer candidate has had elbow problems in the past and re-signed with the Orioles for just $3 million in guaranteed money in part because other teams likely had concerns about his holding up physically.

According to Ghiroli “apparently he gets these pretty frequently so the team isn’t overly concerned at this point.”

Uehara is widely viewed as the favorite to claim ninth-inning duties, but with former closer Kevin Gregg also in the mix he definitely won’t be handed the job.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.