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April 18, 2011

Rapada promoted, Jakubauskas to 15-day DL, Duchscherer to 60-day DL (updated)

The Orioles purchased the contract of left-handed reliever Clay Rapada today and placed righty Chris Jakubauskas on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with a strained right groin.

To make room for Rapada on the 40-man roster, the Orioles moved righty Justin Duchscherer (left hip, back issues) from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. That means he won't be eligible to pitch in the big leagues until the end of May, which seems logical since he has faced big league hitters once (two innings in a March exhibition game) this calendar year and will need time to get ready once he is relatively pain-free.

Rapada, 30, is 3-0 with a 4.22 ERA in 46 major league games that span parts of four seasons. Last year, Rapada pitched in 13 games with the Texas Rangers, compiling no record and a 4.00 ERA in nine innings.

He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three and picking up a save in two scoreless innings for Triple-A Norfolk this season.

The sidearmer is considered a lefty specialist, and in his big league career, left-handers have hit just .186 off of him (with a .305 on-base percentage) in 83 plate appearances. In comparison, right-handers have hit .292 (with a .418 on-base percentage) in 79 plate appearances. He allowed just one hit and two walks while facing 21 lefties last year for the Rangers.

Jakubauskas, 32, allowed six runs in 7 1/3 innings in three games with the Orioles this month. On April 19, he made his first big league appearance since April 24, 2010, when he was struck in the head with a line drive in his only game with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 1:01 PM | | Comments (8)


Hey Justin D. how about you man up or just cry mercy. I will give it to you, you have managed to fool teams for 3 years now and collect a paycheck but give it up. Go coach in highschool or college, but don't come to a team with 13 losing season and make us think your going to play and be a #3 starter then cry about your hip all year long. I wish the Sun would stop putting your name in articles so we could forget about you altogether.

I had hope that this would be the year the Orioles would finally play some decent baseball and I could enjoy the season. I wasn't expecting the playoffs just some good baseball. All of a sudden it seems player after player is going on the disabled list. Most of them are our pitchers. Is this pitching coach doing something others haven't in the past? This team is plagued with injuries. Nobody is hitting, errors abound......I'm getting depressed just like I have been for the past 13 years.

the orioles just can't seem to get rid of murphy. the old saying if their wasn't any bad luck their would be no luck at all. as fas as duch,why don't they just flat out release him. it is like pouring money down a bottomless hole.

Dan, curious question: why do we always see the phrase "purchase the contract" when someone gets called up? Is there a financial transaction happening between the Baltimore and Norfolk clubs?

Jeff Z's reply: No. If you are on the 40-man roster and you get called up to join the 25-man big league roster, you are recalled. If you are not on the 40-man and you get promoted, you have your contract "purchased" or selected. That's just the terminology used.

How much of all of this is luck?? I know, residue of design and all that but Mets took a chance on Chris Young and he's on the DL now, we took Justin D, and he's on the DL, now look at the "lucky" Yankees...took an overweight Bartolo Colon and he's doing fine....took a shot on Garcia and he pitched a gem the other night....Eric Chavez, from the scrap heap and he has a game winner while in for A-Rod last night....I wonder when the O's will get some of that luck??? Will it be Rapada?? Keeping the faith here in Jersey...tonight is a BIG game and I'll be watching.

why havent we cut duchsherer yet? he cant stay healthy long enough to use him effectively

Again I say, do the O's have more groin, hamstring, and muscle pulls than most teams. Year after year its the same thing. Do these guys strech at all during warm ups. Its highschool to know a good streching regime can keep a these type of injuries from occuring. You ever watch these guys warming up, its funny, they kind of lay around on the ground bullcraping.

This is what happens when the GM refuses to sign a dependable pitcher with a track record. Always looking for the cheap way out. Every fan knows that McPhail could have a had one of the FA pitchers if he had chosen to be smart.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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