Albers Has Tear in His Shoulder

By Zach Berman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 28, 2008

When the Baltimore Orioles placed right-hander Matt Albers on the disabled list before he underwent an MRI exam, it appeared the injury might be serious.

The MRI confirmed the Orioles' fears -- Albers suffered a labrum tear in his shoulder, Manager Dave Trembley said last night.

Albers will take the next couple of days to consider his options. He can either rehab the injury, which would delay his return for two months, or he could opt for surgery, which would sideline him for the season.

Albers becomes the second pitcher in December's six-player Miguel Tejada trade to suffer a labrum tear. Left-hander Troy Patton opted for surgery during spring training and is out for the season.

The injury was a blow to the Orioles, who depended on Albers. The 25-year-old had a 3.49 ERA in 49 innings this season. Trembley said the injury places increased pressure on right-handed relievers Dennis Sarfate, Chad Bradford and Fernando Cabrera.

Whoever fills in, Albers's injury leaves Trembley searching for answers.

"The starters go longer, that's option number one. Option number two is to go with what we've got down there," Trembley said. "We've got guys who deserve an opportunity who've done it before."

Shortstop Fahey Is Promoted

In a continued search to find a capable shortstop, the Orioles returned to one of the options at the beginning of the season with the promotion of Brandon Fahey from Class AAA Norfolk. The Orioles optioned infielder Oscar Salazar to Norfolk and wasted no time starting Fahey on his first night back in the majors.

"It's probably better for me because I won't be as hyped," said Fahey, who returned to Norfolk from a game in Charlotte between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., packed his truck and headed north.

Fahey opened the season with the Orioles before being demoted April 29. Although limited offensively -- Fahey is a .221 career hitter in 330 at-bats -- Trembley wanted Fahey's glove.

"We needed another guy in here to play shortstop who's a shortstop," Trembley said. "I wouldn't read that because Fahey's playing tonight, he's playing every day."

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