Chris Tillman to miss Opening Day

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Orioles starter Chris Tillman has pitched on Opening Day for the past three years. He is not expected to pitch Opening Day for the Orioles this year, however, after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection his right shoulder in December.

The therapy has him three weeks behind schedule and, even with the slightly longer than usual spring training due to the World Baseball Classic, there isn’t enough time to make it up.

If he proceeds well from here on out he could avoid a DL stint to start the season as the O’s likely don’t need a fifth starter until the middle of April.