Freel Hospitalized

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

He Is Being Watched After Pickoff Throw Hits Him In Head

April 21, 2009|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

BOSTON - Orioles utility man Ryan Freel was taken to a local hospital for evaluation after he was hit in the side of the head in the third inning by Boston Red Sox starter Justin Masterson's errant pickoff throw Monday.

Freel, who was helped off the field by athletic trainers Richie Bancells and Brian Ebel, had a CT scan taken and was not on the team's late afternoon flight back to Baltimore. A club spokesman said Freel was expected to stay the night at a Boston hospital for observation and could rejoin his teammates Tuesday.

"I haven't gotten the final report yet," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said after the game. "He's got a knot on the back of his head. I know they took him to get a CT scan and everything, and I haven't gotten the final results."

The team's spokesman said Freel was "responsive and talkative" on his way to the hospital, a positive development after he lay on his stomach near second base motionless for several minutes before getting to his knees and being helped off the field.

Freel was sliding headfirst back into second base when Masterson's throw hit him just on the edge of his helmet.

"It certainly didn't look good," said second baseman Brian Roberts, who was at the plate at the time. "I was afraid it got his face or his eye or something, but I asked Richie and he said that he seemed to be doing good, so that's good news."

Jones also OK

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sat out Monday's series finale with a tight right hamstring, but he said he expects to be in the lineup when the team starts a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Jones was removed from Sunday's game in the second inning after he couldn't get his hamstring loose.

"The situation with Adam, I think personally it's more that the leg is fatigued," Trembley said. "There is some tightness. He's sore."

Bergesen gets call

Trembley made it official after Monday's game, naming Brad Bergesen the starter for Tuesday, and at least for now, Alfredo Simon's replacement in the rotation. Bergesen, a 23-year-old right-hander who was the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season, is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts for Triple-A Norfolk. This will be his major league debut.

Asked whether Bergesen will get an extended look, Trembley said: "I really don't know what to say to that, other than the fact that he's taking Simon's place in the rotation. I would think he would have the opportunity to show what he can do, but I don't think it's a tryout."

To make room for Bergesen on the 25-man roster, the Orioles optioned right-handed reliever Radhames Liz to Norfolk.

Around the horn

Orioles left-hander Rich Hill, on the disabled list with a sore left elbow, was scheduled to throw two innings in an extended spring training game Monday. He could start a rehabilitation assignment in the next couple of days. ... After going 3-for-4 against the Texas Rangers, Felix Pie went 0-for-16 on the final six games of the road trip. ... The Orioles' seventh, eighth and ninth hitters were a combined 9-for-80 (.113) on the seven-game road trip. Norfolk outfielder Nolan Reimold was named the International League's Player of the Week after batting .464 (13-for-28) with a home run and nine RBIs in seven games.

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