Saito’s MRI shows only shoulder tendinitis

PHILADELPHIA – After fearing the worst with reliever Takashi Saito’s pitching shoulder, manager Bobby Cox and the Braves got good news Monday when an MRI showed only tendinitis and no structural damage.

Manager Bobby Cox said the veteran setup man would rejoin the Braves in Philadelphia and could be ready to pitch during the Washington series that begins Friday.

Saito, 40, returned to Atlanta for the MRI on Monday, after leaving Friday’s game in New York with two outs in the eighth inning. Cox had been worried that Saito might not pitch again this season if the pain was bad enough to force the tough right-hander from a game.

“I was prepared for that to be the end,” Cox said. “You know, he’s 40 years old. He’s pitched an awful lot here and Japan… He’s a special guy.”

Saito has 2.52 ERA in 55 appearances and ranks ninth among NL relievers with a .196 opponents’ average and seventh with 11.57 strikeouts per nine innings.

In 16 appearances since July 30, he’s allowed only nine hits, no earned runs and one walk with 20 strikeouts in 15-2/3 innings.

Cox initially said Monday that there might be a chance Saito could pitch as soon as Wednesday’s series finale at Philadelphia. Cox seemed to back away from that when he said later that Saito would first need to test the shoulder with a side session.

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Smack

September 20th, 2010
6:36 pm

Back to once a series type role I guess. Wonder what that would mean on a playoff roster, do you take him?

Ava Crowder's Butt

September 20th, 2010
6:55 pm

Bobby Cox on Charles Manson – “You know, Mansie didn’t have his best stuff tonight but he’s been really good lately.”

Choppinmama

September 21st, 2010
10:43 am

AC’s Butt: Always better to be an optimist than a pessimist. Adds years to your life. But, that was funny!

Choppinmama

September 21st, 2010
10:45 am

Ava’s Butt: Always better to be an optimist than a pessimist. Adds years to your life. But, that was funny!

Now, I’m going to google Ava Crowder.

Ava Crowder's Butt

September 21st, 2010
5:11 pm

C’mama, can’t really say I qualify as an optimist but I love Bobby. At least a couple times a game I’ll say something like “why’d he do that” but that’s the fun in baseball for me, the “what if’s”. If it were an exact science you could just have a computer make all the moves but you’ve got to know the guys, who they are, and what their mood is today. Baseball managing isn’t about x’s & o’s, it’s about people and the really good baseball managers are like any really good people managers. I suspect they’re really good at reading body language and maybe don’t even realize why they have success but they do.

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