Baseball America correspondent Roch Kubatko reports that an MRI on the throwing shoulder of Orioles righthander James Hoey revealed no structural damage, but that the team still doesn't know when he will return to action.
"We got a good report on Jim," Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. "I don't know how long it's going to be, but the MRI didn't reveal anything of any structural concerns. I don't know whether it's a week, three weeks or what. All I know is there is nothing in there that's a concern long term."
Hoey, one of the hardest throwers in the minors, had been feeling some soreness in his shoulder–never a good sign for a pitcher. Hoey, 25, had 69 strikeouts and 14 walks in 45 2/3 innings between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk last year. He struggled with his control in a brief callup to Baltimore, walking 18 batters in 24 2/3 innings, and was competing for a spot in Baltimore's bullpen in spring training.