Orioles reliever Stu Pomeranz likely headed to disabled list

May 27, 2012|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

Orioles rookie right-handed reliever Stu Pomeranz is likely headed to the disabled list after injuring himself while preparing to enter Sunday's game in the top of the seventh inning. He had thrown seven or eight fastballs in the bullpen, before feeling a searing pain in his left side while throwing his first breaking ball.

"Something popped up in my ribs," said Pomeranz, who is staying behind in Baltimore to have an MRI at 10 a.m. Monday.

The Orioles are initially calling the injury a strained left oblique, and a 15-day disabled list stint is probable, Buck Showalter said.

"It's pretty painful. Doing anything is pretty painful right now," said Pomeranz, who has allowed two earned runs in six big league innings. "I'm pretty upset. Definitely disappointed."

Pomeranz, who threw 23 1/3 scoreless innings in the minors this year, said he's never dealt with a similar injury in his career.

"No, I was weirded out," the 27-year-old right-hander said. "I had no idea what happened. I knew it hurt and I needed to stop."

To replace Pomeranz, the Orioles could recall another reliever or may add a position player from a rehab assignment such as Mark Reynolds (oblique) or Endy Chavez (intercostal).

“We can do that or add a pitcher. We can go either way,” Showalter said. “We were discussing it a little bit before I needed to come down (for the post-game interview).”

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