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May 19, 2011

Roberts and Lee to DL; Patton and Jakubauskas recalled; other pre-game news

The Orioles put the right side of their infielder on the disabled list today as first baseman Derrek Lee went on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain, and second baseman Brian Roberts went on Major League's Baseball's seven-day concussion DL. Roberts' trip to the seven-day DL is pending league approval.

Triple-A Norfolk pitchers Chris Jakubauskas and Troy Patton were recalled to take their roster spots. One of them will likely be demoted tomorrow so the Orioles could add an extra infielder.

Lee will be eligible to come off the DL on June 1. Roberts, who has been experiencing headaches after his head-first slide into first base Monday, will be eligible to come off the seven-day DL on Tuesday. It's obviously unclear at this time if either player will be available as soon as their DL stint ends, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter described the prospects of Lee playing immediately as "iffy."

The developments leave the Orioles with just a two-man bench for a second straight night with CC Sabathia on the mound. Luke Scott and Matt Wieters are reserves. Showalter didn't want Wieters catching for a second straight day after he caught 15 innings last night and he also was well aware that tonight's starter Brad Bergesen threw a complete game shutout the last time he was paired with catcher Jake Fox.

Jeremy Guthrie, who was used in relief last night, will start on Saturday. Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman will face the Washington Nationals on Friday and Sunday respectively. Showalter said that the Orioles haven't discussed going to a four-man rotation even though having four off days in a 22-day span, starting Monday, would probably allow it.

Brian Matusz will make a rehab start for Double-A Bowie on Saturday. Cesar Izturis will have elbow surgery on Tuesday and it will be performed by Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 4:20 PM | | Comments (8)


I predict a Fox dinger off CC.

Roberts is an absolute mess. He destroyed his body with his steroid abuse.

Roberts is an absolute mess. He destroyed his body with his steroid abuse.

Still keeping Gonzo on the team and playing Reynolds.
No B

Is this the first time in MLB history that a player received a concussion from sliding head first into first base? Leave it up to Brian Roberts to make this bone headed play. Sorry Felix, you are no longer the team's idiot.

This is getting pretty intricate and messy to keep track of. The one that concerns me the most is Roberts. For one thing, I feel like we haven't seen the normal Roberts we've grown accustomed to ever since his health issues last year. He doesn't hack off pitches the same. He doesn't run the bases the same. He doesn't have the same patient eye as well. He's just not the same player.

That said, the possibility of concussion is a major issue. Is there any signal from the front office as to how serious they think this might be?

Jakubauskas won't last a week in the majors. He and Mike Gonzalez had the same pitching teacher.

But is speaks volumes, doesn't it, that our minor league system doesn't even have two pitchers with enough ability to bring up in a pinch?

Let's hope we have at least one. Patton has never really had an opportunity. For that matter, I don't remember ever seeing him pitch for the O's. Either way, this is his chance and I hope he makes the most of it. for the sake of both his and the team's.

Yet ANOTHER "oblique strain". Been watching baseball for several decades and suddenly MLB has an epidemic of "oblique strains". I haven't seen any MLB players getting hit by #52 or crashing to the floor after getting in LeBron's way at the net. So tell me, are these guys undertrained or understretched? I don't get it. And Brian does himself in yet again with a headfirst slide into first. I love him, but maybe he's hit himself in the head too many tiimes now. The 2011 plan looked great 8 weeks ago. It is falling apart at the seams now, and mostly due to the very guys who were supposed to make the O's respectable. Guthrie has to be ready to move on after all of these L's not of his own doing. There are many teams that would give him many more W's. Here's hoping for some Indians magic to drift our way. Or at least bring back Miggy and his B12 shots...

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