CHICAGO, IL - MAY 01: Derrek Lee #25 of the Baltimore Orioles throws his bat after striking out against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Orioles defeated the White Sox 6-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Derrek Lee Returns To Orioles Following DL Stint

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Derrek Lee Activated From DL By Orioles

It was in the middle of May that regular Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee suffered an oblique injury. Lee avoided the disabled list for a few days before ultimately giving in, as so many victims of the oblique strain inevitably do. But in good news, Lee's recovery was a quick one. Lee missed only a few weeks, and after making all of one minor league rehab appearance, Lee has been activated by the Orioles:

First baseman Derrek Lee will be activated from the disabled list today, start at first base and bat fifth against Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero.

Lee started every Orioles game at first until getting hurt, and while his numbers were by no means impressive, he'd been having a respectable month of May before being sidelined.

To make room for Lee, reliever Pedro Viola was optioned to the minors. Viola threw in one game, spinning 1-2/3 shutout innings.


Cesar Izturis To Miss Two Months With Elbow Surgery

The Baltimore Orioles placed shortstop Cesar Izturis on the disabled list with an elbow injury on Wednesday, and now word is coming out about the severity of the injury. From Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun:

Cesar Izturis will have surgery to move the ulnar nerve in right elbow. He will likely be out between six to eight weeks.

After playing in 150 games last year as the Orioles' starting shortstop, Izturis had settled into more of a reserve role this year after the acquisition of J.J. Hardy. When Hardy went down with an injury, the Orioles gave most of the starts at short to Robert Andino, who rewarded them with an unexpected .390 on-base percentage.

The 31-year-old Izturis has played in 100 games in every season since 2002, though the streak is definitely in jeopardy with the latest injury.

Taking Izturis's place on the roster is first baseman Brandon Snyder, who should see some time filling in for Derrek Lee, who is also injured.


Orioles Expected To Put Derrek Lee And Cesar Izturis On DL

Two former Cubs, now with the Baltimore Orioles, have both suffered injuries that are going to land them on the 15-day disabled list soon.

First baseman Derrek Lee, who had neck and back trouble for his last years with the Cubs, has a different issue now — an oblique strain he suffered during Monday’s game against the Red Sox. Lee is hitting .231/.311/.346 in 156 at-bats with four home runs.

Cesar Izturis, now a backup infielder for the Orioles who has had only 26 at-bats this season and only five hits, has been having numbness in his right hand that may be related to Tommy John surgery he had almost six years ago.

The Orioles are expected to recall first baseman Brandon Snyder and lefthanded pitcher Troy Patton to replace Lee and Izturis on the 25-man roster. Snyder, the Orioles’ No. 1 draft pick in 2005, is likely to share time with Luke Scott at first base while Lee is out.

Rain threatens to postpone Tuesday’s Red Sox/Orioles game at Fenway Park; if so, these moves might not be made until Wednesday.


Derrek Lee Injury: Orioles First Baseman Leaves Game With Strained Oblique

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee was pulled from in the third inning of Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox. From

Derrek Lee: strained left oblique. That can't be good.

No. No, it can't. The oblique is a notoriously finicky muscle that takes a while to heal -- it's not just a matter of ice and rest, so expect Derrek Lee to be out for a while.

Luke Scott is likely to be the first baseman while Lee is out, especially considering that Scott has a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. The Orioles could then put Felix Pie or Jake Fox in left field, maybe even platooning them.

The Orioles could call up once-prospect Nolan Reimold for outfield depth, though he has been scuffling in Triple-A. Brandon Snyder is the first baseman for Triple-A Norfolk, and he is on the 40-man roster, so that might be the more likely call-up.

Lee wasn't doing well this season, hitting .227/.309/.333 in 154 at-bats.

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