Hard Recovery Lies Ahead For Orioles' Erbe





BALTIMORE—Pitching prospect Brandon Erbe had successful surgery on Aug. 13 to repair a torn labrum.

Now the real work begins.

Erbe is expected to begin a throwing program in December, with the hope that he'll be back atop a mound by the time pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

"I went into this process knowing the risks," he said. "I'm not blind to the reality. I understand I had surgery and recuperation could be difficult. But I'm very confident in the surgeon, the rehab process and the way they are looking over me.

"I know players that have been through the same thing and been in a similar situation."

Examples from the Orioles system include pitchers Troy Patton, Chorye Spoone and Jim Hoey.

"They are guys that have had surgery and come back and there is nothing missing with their effectiveness," Erbe said. "I've been working hard through this process and feel like I'm going about this the right way. You get out of it what you put into it. I'm putting myself in position to get back to where I was. I'm optimistic about the whole thing.

"A lot of people have been checking up on me and been real supportive. They say I'm right where I should be and everything is looking good."

Everything except his numbers at Triple-A Norfolk. The 22-year-old Erbe went 0-10, 5.73 in 71 innings before the Orioles shut him down.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Erbe is trying again to adjust his mechanics and alleviate some of the strain on his shoulder.

"Anytime you have shoulder problems especially, it usually stems from something mechanical," he said. "There have been huge repairs made to my delivery over the past two or three years and a lot of it helped tremendously, but it never quite got to the point where myself and the Orioles staff would like it to be. This gives me a chance to start over and create enough muscle memory in the throwing process that when I throw bullpens and in games, the mechanics will be a lot smoother and cleaner."

Bird Seed

• Second baseman Ryan Adams and the Angels' Brandon Wood were named co-players of the week in the Arizona Fall League during the opening week of the season. Adams, a second-round pick in 2006 out of Jesuit (La.) High, was 6-for-12 with one home run, seven RBIs and two runs scored.

• The Orioles still hadn't confirmed whether Bobby Dickerson would return as manager at Norfolk. Dickerson replaced Gary Allenson, who took over as Orioles third base coach when Juan Samuel replaced manager Dave Trembley on an interim basis. Allenson hadn't been told whether he'd remain on manager Buck Showalter's staff, resume his previous duties at Norfolk or be cut loose from the organization.