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Trachsel Gets Placed On the DL

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By Steve Yanda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 1, 2007

BALTIMORE, June 30 -- The Baltimore Orioles placed starting pitcher Steve Trachsel on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained gluteus that he said stemmed from his start June 24 at Arizona. Southpaw Kurt Birkins was called up to the active roster in Trachsel's place.

"It's amazing, isn't it? I haven't even seen a doctor yet," Trachsel said two hours before Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels. "It's a little bit of a surprise."

Interim manager Dave Trembley said Trachsel felt the injury affected the way he threw in his start Friday and in his preparation between starts. Trachsel lasted just 1 2/3 innings Friday night against the Angels, allowing nine hits and five runs.

"I don't think it's a good position to put guys out there when they doubt whether they can live up to expectations," Trembley said.

In two outings for the Orioles this season, Birkins threw four innings, compiling an 0-1 record and a 15.75 ERA. He'll be used in relief, according to Trembley.

As for Trachsel, Trembley said he expects the right-hander to return to the rotation after the all-star break, leaving one start to fill. He said no decision has been made as to who will take Trachsel's next turn in the rotation, scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago.

No Break for Williamson

Reliever Scott Williamson underwent X-rays Friday night after being hit on the inside of his left foot by a line drive by Chone Figgins.

The X-rays showed no break, and Trembley said he thought the injury would be a day-to-day matter.

The right-hander said Saturday that he would get an opinion from team orthopedist Andrew Cosgarea before determining a course of action.

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