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Willis says arm feels looser day after leaving game with tightness

CHICAGO -- Dontrelle Willis' pitching arm felt better
Wednesday, a day after the Florida Marlins ace was forced to leave
a start after one inning because of tightness in his left forearm.

"It felt a lot looser today," Willis said after playing catch
in the outfield before the series finale with the Chicago White Sox.

Dontrelle Willis

Willis

Willis wasn't sure whether he would make his scheduled start on
Sunday against Minnesota.

"Well see," Willis said. "I'm not sure if they're going to
give me some [extra] time, yet. Regardless, I want to start three
times before the break."

Willis, who gave up four runs Tuesday night, said his forearm
was tight when he woke up Wednesday morning but it improved after
treatment.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Willis' next start could be pushed
back to next Tuesday or Wednesday. The Marlins have two off days
coming up.

"He hasn't made it this far by being a sissy," Gonzalez said.
"He's a tough guy. All signs are that he'll be OK."

Willis, 7-6 with a 4.90 ERA, was adamant that he wouldn't need
to go to the disabled list and also ruled out an MRI exam.

"I don't think it's needed," he said, adding that the pain
stops just short of his elbow. "I just don't feel it's to that
point."