Nats' Ortiz pouts over rotation change

Baseball notes

April 23, 2006

Nationals starter Ramon Ortiz wasn't shy about saying he didn't like the decision to skip his turn in the rotation yesterday when Washington's game against the Atlanta Braves was postponed because of rain.

Instead of pushing back Ortiz one day to appear tonight -- as the Braves did with their scheduled starter, right-hander John Thomson -- Nationals manager Frank Robinson will send Ortiz to the bullpen until his spot comes up again.

"I know it's Frank's decision, but I'm not happy," Ortiz said. "I don't like that because I'm not a rookie."

Ortiz has struggled this season after joining the Nationals on a one-year, $2.5 million deal. He's 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA in three starts.

Robinson said he was concerned about throwing off the routine of Tony Armas, who's coming off shoulder surgery. Armas will make his scheduled start today.

Blue Jays -- Toronto placed starter A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury. Burnett left Friday night's start after four innings. Tomorrow, he will visit Dr. James Andrews, who performed ligament-replacement surgery on Burnett's elbow in 2003.

Rockies -- First baseman Todd Helton was placed on the 15-day DL with a stomach ailment. The five-time All-Star was hospitalized on Friday and will remain there until tests are completed and a diagnosis is made.

Athletics -- Shortstop Bobby Crosby is not expected to miss significant time with a strained right triceps muscle.

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