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Orioles place Marrero on DL, recall Newhan

7/27/2005

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles placed outfielder Eli
Marrero
on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained right
thumb and recalled David Newhan from Triple-A Ottawa.

Marrero will miss six to eight weeks. He hurt his thumb Tuesday
night in a collision at home plate with Texas catcher Sandy Alomar
while trying to complete an inside-the-park homer.

Marrero was batting .220 with three homers and 10 RBI in 22
games since coming to Baltimore in a trade with Kansas City.

Newhan was optioned to Ottawa on July 7 after his second stint
with the Orioles this season. He was batting a collective .198 with
three homers and 12 RBI in 41 games.

Upon being sent to Ottawa for a second time, Newhan voiced his
displeasure over the manner in which he was used in Baltimore.

"For them to show this disloyalty to me, it's depressing. I
know it's a cutthroat business, but at some point you've got to get
a chance to go out there and play and perform and help the team
win," he said. "I guess I will be doing that in Ottawa."

Newhan batted .366 with a homer and eight RBI in 11 games with
the Lynx. He was expected to arrive in Baltimore on Thursday.

The Orioles could use his help. Besides losing Marrero,
Baltimore was also without outfielder Jay Gibbons, who missed
Tuesday's game against Texas with back spasms and was out of the
starting lineup Wednesday.

"It's still stiff, so we'll see where he's at tomorrow,"
manager Lee Mazzilli said. "It's going to be day-to-day."