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Day off throws Bautista out of rhythm

Day off throws Bautista out of rhythm

KANSAS CITY -- A day off from pitching was good for a lot of Tigers, but it didn't really help Denny Bautista.

Bautista, on the disabled list since May 3 with right shoulder tendinitis, played catch on Tuesday but experienced shoulder soreness as he threw. He's hoping that was simply a byproduct of not doing any throwing on Monday, when the Tigers were off. He did throw on Sunday morning, he said, before rain postponed the afternoon's game between the Tigers and Yankees.

Bautista said he plans on playing catch again on Wednesday to see how his shoulder feels then. If he feels fine, then he can start thinking again about throwing off of a mound. For now, he said, there's no timetable for that.

Bautista emerged out of Spring Training from a relative long-shot candidate to become Detroit's primary setup man behind Todd Jones, after Fernando Rodney joined Joel Zumaya on the disabled list to open the season. He got off to a decent start before inconsistent command caught up with him. He walked the bases loaded and hit another batter in two-thirds of an inning on April 29 at New York before allowing three runs on four hits over 1 1/3 innings May 2 at Minnesota.

For the season, Bautista has allowed six runs on 12 hits over 13 1/3 innings with 13 walks and eight strikeouts.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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