Bierd goes on DL for sore shoulder

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

May 02, 2008|By Dan Connolly | Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER

Orioles rookie right-hander Randor Bierd, who has been one of the club's most effective relievers, will be placed on the disabled list today with right shoulder discomfort.

He is expected to go to the club's minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla., to strengthen the shoulder and said he probably won't pitch for two to three weeks. He hopes to be back with the Orioles within a "month and a half, a month and 10 days."

"I don't want to leave. I want to be here," said Bierd, 24, a Detroit Tigers farmhand who hadn't reached above Double A before the Orioles selected him in the Rule 5 draft in December. "But I have to leave."

Bierd said he felt soreness after pitching Tuesday, when he allowed a two-run homer to Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton. It was the second consecutive outing in which he surrendered a run after seven scoreless appearances to begin the season.

Bierd (0-1, 2.03 ERA) said he became concerned after feeling a pulsation in his shoulder while lying in bed Tuesday and Wednesday nights. He had an MRI yesterday, which revealed some tendinitis, Bierd said.

He had been unavailable since Tuesday night.

The Orioles have not announced a corresponding move, but it's likely they will recall a right-handed reliever from the minors. Potential candidates include Lance Cormier, Roberto Novoa and Andy Mitchell.

Scott gets day off

Orioles manager Dave Trembley wanted to give left fielder Luke Scott a "mental" day off, allowing him the opportunity to take a break and come back refreshed after a 3-for-33 slump has dropped his average to .284.

Scott, however, looked at the break as a physical respite.

Since dealing with the bitter cold and rainy weather in Chicago this week, Scott said he has felt terrible, battling a sore throat and overall discomfort.

"I got about two hours of sleep [Wednesday] night and the night before about four hours," Scott said. "I just feel physically drained because I haven't had a chance to recover. I've got to get some rest and get back on track."

Scott started the season scorching the ball, batting .386 on April 19 when he had a seven-game hitting streak. He then went hitless in his next 16 at-bats and has hit safely in only two of his past 10 games.

All forgotten

Trembley said he talked to reliever Dennis Sarfate yesterday morning after Sarfate jawed at Tampa Bay slugger Carlos Pena in the eighth inning Wednesday. A couple players came out of the Rays' dugout, but the incident didn't escalate.

There was speculation that Sarfate was upset that Pena had stepped out of the batter's box or that he was attempting to intercept the catcher's signs. But Sarfate said Thursday he was ticked about his outing, which included a two-run single by Pena in the seventh that broke open a close game.

"I was frustrated giving up ... runs and letting the game get out of hand," Sarfate said. "We are in that game the whole way until the seventh; it's 3-1. It might have been frustration. I don't know. It just happened."

L. Hernandez sits

Shortstop Luis Hernandez was out of the starting lineup yesterday after rolling his left ankle sliding into third base Wednesday. It looked worse than it was, and Trembley said the rookie could have played yesterday.

dan.connolly@baltsun.com

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