BALTIMORE (AP) -Orioles right-hander Steve Trachsel was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, less than 24 hours after he struggled in his shortest outing in four years.
Trachsel has a strained muscle below his lower back. He could miss only one start, because part of his stint on the DL will come during the All-Star break.
``I know Steve has been in some discomfort. He felt like it affected the way he threw last night and his preparation in between starts,'' interim manager Dave Trembley said. ``He's a very regimented, routine-oriented type guy. He gets one more start before the break, and I think everyone's feeling was to back away from that, let him get a chance to get some treatment.''
Trachsel was taken back by the news.
``It's amazing, isn't it? I haven't even seen a doctor yet,'' the 36-year-old veteran said Saturday afternoon. ``I was a little surprised.''
The injury occurred during Trachsel's previous start, on June 24 in Arizona. In 17 starts this season he's 5-6 with a 4.95 ERA.
Trachsel allowed five runs and nine hits in 1 2-3 innings Friday night against the Los Angeles Angels. It was his shortest outing since July 10, 2003, when he got only five outs against Philadelphia for the New York Mets.
Left-hander Kurt Birkins was called up from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Trachsel on the roster. Birkins will pitch long relief, because the Orioles had to use Rob Bell in that role Friday night after Trachsel was chased.
Bell, who allowed one infield hit in 4 1-3 scoreless innings, is a candidate to fill Trachsel's spot in the rotation Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. The right-hander has 108 career starts.
Against the Angels, he came in with Baltimore trailing 5-0 and left with the Orioles up 7-5.
``Great for Rob Bell. He did his job. He has waited for his opportunity,'' Trembley said. ``He's kept himself in shape and kept himself sharp throwing out of the bullpen. You root for a guy like that.''
The Orioles also are considering Garrett Olson, who allowed only two hits for Norfolk on Friday night against Pawtucket to earn his fourth straight win.

Recent MLB Discussions

MLB Trends Wednesday, May 25 on Wed, May 2016 by Blade
May Pitchers Report on Wed, May 2016 by Blade
MLB Trends Tuesday, May 24 on Tue, May 2016 by Blade

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Can Reds contain rolling Dodgers tonight? Everybody’s picking on the last-place Reds at the moment. Why not add the Dodgers’ Scott Kazmir to the group?
Thumbnail A's vs. Mariners Prediction Will tonight's AL West matchup between the A's and Mariners be a high-scoring affair at 10:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Diamondbacks vs. Pirates Total Pick Will the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to pile up the runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks when they meet tonight at 7PM...
Thumbnail Blue Jays vs. Yankees Prediction The Yankees are red-hot but can the Blue Jays end the Bombers' six-game winning streak tonight at 7:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Pirates to keep pouring it on Diamondbacks? Don’t look now, but the National League Central Division race seems poised to get a lot more interesting.
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages