The Orioles' roster of wounded grew to three yesterday when reliever Mark Williamson was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right elbow.
Williamson was bothered by the problem in spring training, and it flared anew after he faced one Red Sox batter during Wednesday's 6-5 defeat in Boston. He yielded a game-winning, two-run single to Jody Reed.
"I woke up the next day and it was swollen," said Williamson. "So, they said to take it easy for a few days. Right now, the idea is to get the swelling down."
He joins first baseman Glenn Davis (strained rib-cage muscle) and pitcher Jim Poole (shoulder tendinitis) on the disabled list.
To replace Williamson, the Orioles have recalled right-hander Alan Mills from the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. Mills is due to report in time for today's nationally televised game against the Detroit Tigers.
"We're fortunate we've got someone who can throw the ball the way Mills did [in spring training] to take Willie's place," said manager John Oates.
"This wasn't something that just popped up. Willie missed some time in the spring. We gave him some time off and he said he was ready. When he pitched in Toronto it had been eight days since he'd pitched because of the elbow."
After a day without action, Williamson faced Reed, then departed from Fenway Park apparently OK.
"There was no problem when he left," said Oates. "But at 2 a.m. the next morning he couldn't straighten his arm."
Williamson spent yesterday having X-rays taken. "That's all I did all day," he said. "Get pictures."
He has pitched three innings altogether, allowing four hits and no earned runs. But opponents have hit .308 against him so far.
Williamson was on the disabled list last season with a strained muscle in his left side and twice in 1990 for a total of eight weeks with a pulled muscle in the hip and a fractured ring finger on his pitching hand.
Oates said right-hander Jim Lewis and left-hander Israel Sanchez also were considered for promotion before the selection of Mills.
Mills was acquired from the New York Yankees Feb. 29 in a trade for two players to be named. One is pitcher Francisco de la Rosa, the other still is unspecified.
He had a 2-6 record and 4.19 ERA in parts of two seasons for the Yankees. His problem in the big leagues has been control -- 41 walks in 58 innings.
With the Red Wings, Mills was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a save in three games. He had eight strikeouts and walked two in five innings.
This spring in Florida, he pitched 6 2/3 innings for the Orioles, allowing 11 hits and three earned runs for a 4.05 ERA.