Loewen returns

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Walker heads to DL

July 01, 2008|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER

The addition of a left-hander to the Orioles' bullpen yesterday coincided with the loss of another.

Adam Loewen returned from his injury rehabilitation assignment and the Orioles activated him from the disabled list. To make room on the roster, they placed Jamie Walker on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with inflammation in his left elbow.

Loewen allowed one earned run in 9 2/3 innings in nine minor league games, the first three at Single-A Frederick and the final six at Double-A Bowie. He was 0-1 with a 7.85 ERA in four April starts with the Orioles before being sidelined April 25 with a sore elbow.

"I think I've been 100 percent for a while now," he said. "It was just a matter of getting used to coming out of the bullpen, getting ready quick, that kind of stuff. I got a lot of experience coming out of the bullpen the last three weeks. I'm excited to get going.

"I'm not looking too far ahead. I don't have a problem staying in the bullpen the rest of the year. If that happens, I'm fine with it. I really haven't been told what my role is. I just want to blend in. Whenever they tell me to get up, I'll get ready. However long I have to go, I'll go."

Manager Dave Trembley said he doesn't view Loewen as the same situational left-hander as Walker. Loewen is more likely to go a full inning and can throw two if needed.

Walker is 1-0 with a 4.98 ERA in 37 games. Left-handers are batting .382 with six homers against him, compared to .216 last season.

"There's a difference between being hurt and having pain in your arm," Trembley said. "I believe he was hurt and I believe he was hurt for a while and didn't say anything."

Walker said X-rays taken on the elbow revealed arthritic spurs, "which is nothing uncommon," and he's been pitching with the inflammation for about a month. "It's just when you get older, your body hurts more," said Walker, who turns 37 today. "If you go into anybody my age that's been pitching, they're going to have spurs, some form of something."

Sunday special

If the Orioles this weekend finally end their streak of losing on Sundays, their fans will get something out of it besides the satisfaction of a rare victory.

The club has announced its first "We Win, You Win" promotion. If the Orioles defeat the Texas Rangers on Sunday, fans attending the game will receive a complimentary ticket in the same seating category to a future non-prime game.

The Orioles are 1-12 on Sundays this season, having lost the past 12 in a row.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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