BALTIMORE (AP) -Injured Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada won't be able to resume baseball activities for at least a month because of a fractured right wrist, and could be sidelined well into August.
Tejada played in 1,152 straight games - the fifth-longest streak in baseball history - before being placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. The injury occurred on June 20, when he was hit by a pitch thrown by San Diego's Doug Brocail.
``There's nothing I can do,'' Tejada said Tuesday. ``I don't want to be out. It's tough for me because I like to play baseball. I just hope I heal pretty good and can be back before (August).''
Tejada is batting .306 with seven homers. He ranks second on the team with 41 RBIs.
``Losing Miguel is a big blow. He's definitely the MVP of the club,'' Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar said. ``But when he goes down, other guys step up. That's our job.''
Reserves Freddie Bynum and Chris Gomez will share time at shortstop until Tejada returns, and interim manager Dave Trembley has been shuffling players at the cleanup spot.
``I think its an unfortunate situation. Honestly, everybody knows what he meant to our club and what he meant to baseball,'' Trembley said. ``When you take a No. 4 guy out of the lineup on a daily basis, were going to have to regroup a little bit. Well get by the best we can.''
Tejada had an MRI on Tuesday and was fitted with a splint, which he will wear for the next two weeks. He said Brocail called him to apologize for the inside pitch.
``I told him that's part of baseball. Don't worry about it,'' Tejada said.
Tejada kept his streak alive the day after being struck by the pitch, but left after one at-bat - a bunt. He came under criticism for extending his run in that fashion, and he acknowledged Tuesday it wasn't the right thing to do.
``It's not me. I play every day because I love this game, not because of a streak,'' he said. ``I left the game because I think I hurt the team. If I can't swing, I don't want to be in the lineup.''
Bynum and Gomez won't be asked to do anything more than simply play their best until Tejada returns.
``You can't ask people to do anything more than they're capable of doing. If you do that, then you're looking for trouble and its your fault for putting them in those situations,'' Trembley said. ``Were not going to be unrealistic.''

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Yost's Royals contests Yanks in series finale Months ago, Luis Cessa was toiling away in at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. Now, he’s an integral part of the Yankees’ rotation.
Thumbnail Blue Jays vs. Orioles Predictions Despite losing last night in Baltimore are the Blue Jays a safe money line play tonight when they visit the Orioles at 7:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Cards could deal Brewers seventh straight L St. Louis rookie Luke Weaver earned his first MLB victory over the weekend, limiting Oakland to a run on four hits. In a few hours, he’ll have a chance to exploit...
Thumbnail Diamondbacks vs. Giants Prediction After falling to the Diamondbacks last night, will the Giants rebound with a win today at 3:45PM ET?
Thumbnail Maddon's Cubs covet sweep of Pirates Over the weekend, Jason Hammel had his shortest outing of the season. Yet Cubs manager Joe Maddon is more than ready for the veteran hurler to tackle tonight’s series...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages

Advertisement