O's decide to put Mora on shelf

Updated: July 6, 2004, 3:19 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Melvin Mora was placed on 15-day disabled list Monday by the Baltimore Orioles, who figured the third baseman needed at least two weeks to recover from a hamstring injury.

Mora missed time last month with a sprained ligament in his left foot, then returned to play in three games before straining his right hamstring running out a grounder Friday night in Philadelphia.

Mora started the day ranked second in the AL with a .347 batting average. He was also third in the league with 60 runs and third with a .433 on-base percentage.

His absence was easier for the Orioles to tolerate because of the fine play of David Newhan, who was hitting .417 and playing solid third base since joining Baltimore on June 18.

The hamstring had been bothering Mora for several weeks, but he had managed to play through the pain.

Putting Mora on the DL freed a spot on the 25-man roster for pitcher Dave Borkowski, who was to pitch Monday night in the second game of a split doubleheader. The Orioles planned to make an additional move later Monday to get Borkowski on the 40-man roster.

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