Ray Leaves O's To Have Shoulder Looked At

July 06, 2009|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

While his Orioles teammates were bound for Seattle after Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, reliever Chris Ray was returning to Baltimore to have team doctors look at his right shoulder.

Ray entered a 6-6 game in the seventh inning Sunday with the bases loaded and no outs, and walked both batters he faced.

"My arm slot was down," Ray said after the game. "I could feel it. I just couldn't get [my arm] up. That's why everything was going off the outside corner."

Ray declined to comment later when he was asked whether he felt fine physically. If Ray goes to the disabled list, and that appears likely at this point, the Orioles will probably add a pitcher in time for Monday's series opener against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Ray, 27, who was the Orioles' closer before undergoing Tommy John ligament-reconstruction in August 2007, has struggled all season, compiling a 9.28 ERA in 23 appearances. That led to a demotion to Triple-A for nearly a month before he was recalled June 23.

Since his return, he has allowed six earned runs, 12 hits and two walks in six innings.

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