Tejada sits, but Trembley confident he’ll play Friday

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Recovering from hip injury, third baseman ’90 percent,’ manager says

April 21, 2010|By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

SEATTLE — — Miguel Tejada was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday night for the fourth straight game because of a strained hip adductor, but manager Dave Trembley said he's confident the third baseman will be ready in time for Friday's series opener at Boston.

"He's probably 90 percent," Trembley said. "It probably would have been pushing him to start him tonight. I know he wants to play, but I just didn't want to take a chance. With the off day tomorrow, it will do him real good and he'll be ready to start on Friday and play the weekend series in Boston."

Tejada took batting and infield practice for a second straight day and also ran on the field under the supervision of head athletic trainer Richie Bancells. Trembley waited as long as he could to post the lineup, hoping Tejada would make it through the running and be ready to go. However, the manager ultimately decided to play it safe.

"I'm running pretty good, but they want to give me one more day," said Tejada, who was available to pinch hit. "It definitely feels better. The hardest thing is running, but I don't feel the pain no more."

It is the longest stretch where Tejada has been out of any lineup since the Orioles put him on the disabled list in June 2007 with a fractured left hand.

"It's tough sitting on the bench feeling that I'm hurting the team," said Tejada, who is batting .239 with two homers and seven RBIs in 12 games. "But that's part of the game. I worked my body really hard in the offseason, and now I'm hurt. But it happens, and I'm not going to put my head down. I'm going to continue to work hard."

Trembley shakes up lineup

Trying once again to jump-start his struggling offense, Trembley juggled his lineup slightly, taking the struggling Adam Jones out of the leadoff spot and batting him sixth, and inserting Lou Montanez as the leadoff man. Matt Wieters also got his third start in the cleanup spot.

Jones entered Wednesday night 6-for-27 (.222) on the current road trip and 0-for-8 in the series against the Seattle Mariners, his old team, his average dropping to .215.

"He's swinging at way too many bad pitches," Trembley said of Jones. "I probably did him a disservice by introducing him to Rickey Henderson the other day in Oakland. I told Rickey Henderson, ‘I'd like Jones to impersonate Rickey Henderson a few times and get us on the board with a leadoff homer.' Rickey Henderson is the best in the world at doing that, and I think Jones is thinking that he's got to do that. He's a great kid. If they throw him a strike, he'll do what he can do with it. But you can't do that if you're swinging at pitches in the dirt or over your head."

Jones acknowledged that he has been trying too hard to make up the offense lost with leadoff man Brian Roberts on the disabled list.

"Maybe, sometimes, I'm in my own head," Jones said. "I might be trying too hard. I'm just trying to do too much instead of just having a simple approach. [ Nick Markakis] is the same way. Me and him talked about it today, and we are trying to do too much, just really trying to pick up the slack. We just need to go back to the simple approach that got us here. We just need base hits. I think some guys are trying to get the big hit rather than just a hit."

Viola added

The Orioles claimed left-handed reliever Pedro Viola off of waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.

Viola, 26, pitched in nine games for the Reds last year, allowing four earned runs in seven innings (5.14). In 54 games for Triple-A Louisville last season, Viola went 2-2 with eight saves and a 5.47 ERA. He pitched one scoreless inning for Louisville this year.

To make room for him on the 40-man roster, outfielder Felix Pie was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

No surgery for Gonzalez

The Orioles got a rare piece of decent news on the injury front when they learned that the second opinion on closer Michael Gonzalez's strained left shoulder confirmed the original prognosis that surgery isn't necessary, and he could return in about three weeks after a rehabilitation program.

Gonzalez, who will rehab at the club's spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla., saw noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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