Shoulder soreness continues to plague Saito

Washington – Reliever Takashi Saito had hoped to throw a bullpen session before the Braves left Washington on Sunday. But that was nixed after he felt pain in his pitching shoulder simply playing catch on Saturday.

Saito, 40, has tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. An MRI last week revealed no structural damage, but with only six games left in the season, his chances of returning to the mound this season – and maybe for his career – are growing dimmer.

He’s already received a cortisone shot.

“I’m starting to think I should just stop saying it hurts,” Saito said Sunday through his interpreter. “I’m thinking about taking the word ‘pain’ out of my mind. I’ll throw from the side or underneath if I have to.”

The Braves aren’t going to rush him back either, with rookie Craig Kimbrel pitching as well as he is in Saito’s absence. Entering Sunday, Kimbrel had pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in four relief appearances since Saito had to leave a game Sept. 17 in New York. Kimbrel was 3-0 with an 0.53 ERA, striking out 32 batters in 17 innings over four major leagues stints this season.

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September 26th, 2010
4:06 pm

man man man man man man man…

johny looks tired slash adam dunn + bravos= everythingweneedforsuccess

chin music

September 26th, 2010
4:36 pm

do not deserve to make the playoffs. sorry, this team has no urgency at all.


September 26th, 2010
5:04 pm

who’s care???/


September 26th, 2010
5:07 pm

Tired, overused bullpen, poor situational hitting,and the last of many losing roadtrips…..the “boys of an exciting summer” are becoming stale…Bobby now has 2500 wins and 1999 losses…#2,000 could clinch the pennant for Phils!

Texas Braves Fan

September 26th, 2010
7:32 pm

Cox is an F—TARD!! How can he justify using Farnsworth!!!!!!! Cox should be fired today!


September 26th, 2010
10:10 pm

I hope Saito comes back strong next year. No point in rushing him now. Same for Jurrjens. May Farnsworth, however, NEVER touch another baseball in an Atlanta uniform. I’d rather have Brooks Conrad pitch…hey, maybe it’s time for Ankiel to go back to the mound.

Unless we get some offense going, there won’t be any need to worry from here on out. Two runs per game won’t win anything.


September 27th, 2010
12:56 pm

I don’t think we really want to see this team in the playoffs. It would be too painful to watch while they carve us up!

[...] Reliever Takashi Saito‘s career could be in jeopardy as he is hampered by shoulder tendinitis, writes Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

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