Simon To Miss At Least Month

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

April 16, 2009|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -Needing reinforcements for a taxed bullpen, the Orioles on Wednesday recalled relievers Radhames Liz and Matt Albers from Triple-A Norfolk to take the roster spots of third baseman Melvin Mora and starting pitcher Alfredo Simon, who were placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Mora has a left hamstring strain and won't be eligible to return until April 28. Simon, the Orioles' No. 3 starter, who left Tuesday's start after 1 1/3 innings because of elbow pain, is expected to be out for at least a month if not much longer after tests done Wednesday in Baltimore revealed damage in his right elbow.

"Simon, from what I was told, has a degenerative issue with his right elbow," manager Dave Trembley said "Dr. [John] Wilckens and Dr. [Andrew] Cosgarea are going to get together tomorrow to talk about a course of action with him. I couldn't tell you how long he's going to be out. I would think it's going to be awhile with him."

The Orioles need a long-term replacement in the rotation, and all signs point to prospect Brad Bergesen - who has a 2.45 ERA with Norfolk - getting the call for his major league debut.

At this point, the plan is for Mark Hendrickson, who started Wednesday's series finale against the Rangers, to pitch on regular rest at Boston on Monday in what had been Simon's spot. That would allow Bergesen or another starter the Orioles call up (Chris Waters and David Pauley are possibilities) to pitch at home Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.

"I would say [Bergesen is] a viable internal option," said club president Andy MacPhail, who said the team is looking only internally. "His scheduled turn would be that opening day [of the homestand] in Camden Yards, and we could move Hendrickson to the Patriot's Day game in Fenway and not subject some kid to that."

Sarfate perseveres

Right-hander Dennis Sarfate has been bothered in recent weeks by an inner-ear infection, but he said it might have helped him Tuesday when he pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Simon.

"Probably the most relaxed I've been," Sarfate said. "I was on a lot of drugs during the game [and] I don't remember a whole lot."

Honoring a legend

All the Orioles' uniformed personnel wore No. 42 for Wednesday's game in honor of the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson's becoming the first African-American player in major league baseball.

"Bud Selig being the commissioner of baseball, every once in a while he gets things right," Trembley joked. "I think he got this right."

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