Byrdak Will Miss 6 to 8 Weeks

By Jorge Arangure Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 19, 2006

BALTIMORE, April 18 -- Baltimore Orioles left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak was placed on the disabled list with bone chips in his throwing elbow. Byrdak, who will have surgery Friday, is expected to miss six to eight weeks. He said there was some comfort in that he finally knew what had been making him ineffective.

"If I kept going the way I was going, they would have shipped me off," said Byrdak, who has an 18.00 ERA in five games. "I'm relieved they found something and it will get taken care of."

To replace him, the Orioles called up right-hander Eddy Rodriguez.

There was more encouraging news on reliever Todd Williams, who joined the team on Tuesday for a side session. It went well and he will throw again on Thursday and Sunday in a minor league rehabilitation stint for Class AA Bowie.

"It's been slow, but it's better now," he said of his rehabilitation from a sore right shoulder and calf. "They're both mending, but they're good. . . . I'm just looking to get into game situations."

Majewski Called Up

To replace David Newhan, who broke his right fibula sliding into second base during Monday's game, the Orioles recalled outfielder Val Majewski from AAA Ottawa. It appears, though, that Majewski's stint may not last long.

"We're going to take a look at that situation," Manager Sam Perlozzo said. "He may or may not stay. . . . Right now, he's going to sit on the bench and be a bench player."

Perlozzo said Corey Patterson may benefit most from Newhan's absence. Though he didn't start in Tuesday's series opener against the Cleveland Indians, Patterson should get more playing time.

"If he can keep the ball out of the air and use his speed, he's going to help us," Perlozzo said.

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