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Baltimore recalls Leon a day after being sent down

DENVER -- Baltimore Orioles left fielder B.J. Surhoff was
placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left calf.

Surhoff was injured Friday night against the Colorado Rockies while running out to his position in the fourth inning. He came out
of the game and had a hard time getting up the stairs to the dugout before batting practice Saturday.

"It could be a week to 10 days and we didn't have a choice," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "With the injuries, we are down to one guy. That's it. We are in a National League ballpark and then go on to a series with the Yankees. We needed somebody here."

That player is infielder Jose Leon, who was recalled from
Triple-A Ottawa a day after being sent down. Leon was optioned when
the Orioles signed infielder David Newhan, but wasn't able to get
out of Denver and was available to play against the Rockies on
Saturday.

But it will be hard to replace Surhoff, particularly with the
injuries that have plagued the Orioles in recent weeks.

Right-hander Rick Bauer was placed on the disabled list Friday
with nerve irritation in his elbow and third baseman Melvin Mora
missed his second straight game after straining a ligament in his
foot Thursday against Los Angeles.

First baseman David Segui (knee), outfielder Marty Cordova
(knee) and left-hander Omar Daal (shoulder) are already on the
disabled list, and outfielder Luis Matos was only going to be used
in an emergency Saturday because he's nursing sore ribs.

While the injuries have taken a toll, leading to six straight
losses through Friday, Surhoff had been one of the few bright
spots. He was hitting .321 with three homers and 19 RBIs, and had
an eight-game hitting streak heading into Friday's game.

"We didn't want to do it, especially the way he's been
playing," Mazzilli said. "Right now anybody that has a heartbeat
is going to play."