Ponson, 1-12, has groin injury

Updated: July 11, 2004, 1:03 AM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Nothing has gone right this season for Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson, who missed the chance to end his nine-game losing streak against woeful Kansas City because of a groin injury.

Sidney Ponson

Ponson (3-12) was scheduled to start Saturday against the Royals, who own the worst record in the American League. Scratched in favor of Daniel Cabrera, Ponson won't pitch again until after the All-Star break.

"I knew he was sore his last start. I just thought the timing was right to give him those extra days off," manager Lee Mazzilli said Saturday.

Ponson was signed as a free agent in January and assigned the role as ace of the staff, but he's gone 1-12 since April 20, leads the majors in losses and owns an unsightly 6.29 ERA.

He hasn't pitched since July 4, and Mazzilli hopes the extended break will prove beneficial to the right-hander.

"For me, it's kind of like getting a clear head at the beginning of the second half and not worry about something that could be nagging," Mazzilli said. "Sometimes rest is the best medicine."

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