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Surgery a possibility for Orioles closer Ray

7/25/2007 - MLB Chris Ray Baltimore Orioles + more

BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Chris Ray was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday by the Baltimore Orioles, who hope an
extended rest will enable their closer to recover from a sore
elbow.

Ray began to feel discomfort in the elbow Saturday, and was not
available in a save situation Sunday. He has not pitched since
Friday night in Oakland.

"[Trainer] Richie Bancells told me it's a three-week rehab and
then a throwing program," interim manager Dave Trembley said.

The injury could ultimately require surgery, but the Orioles are
not yet ready to consider that option.

"At this point you have luxury of time, you might as well take
it. Inactivity is the first thing that you ought to do," said Andy
MacPhail, president of baseball operations.

"In general I think you'll find this: We are pretty
conservative. We will take the conservative course first and then
if the evidence is such that we need to do something more drastic,
then we'll do something more drastic," MacPhail added. "But
there's no sense in going to Point Z right away."

Trembley said an examination determined that Ray has bone chips
and inflammation in the elbow, but the pitcher said, "I'm not sure
what the injury is. It just feels sore."

Ray tested the arm by tossing a ball around 100 feet Wednesday
afternoon, but quickly ended the session.

"It wasn't completely pain-free, but it was for the most part a
lot better," he said.

Ray is 5-6 with a 4.43 ERA and 16 saves. He had not allowed a
run in his last six outings, all in July.

His spot on the roster was taken by reliever Cory Doyne, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Doyne, 0-1 with a 2.23 ERA in 42
appearances at Norfolk, appeared in one game earlier this season
with Baltimore.

Trembley said the closer's role will be filled on a rotating
basis. Jamie Walker earned saves in each of the Orioles' last two
wins, but Paul Shuey and Chad Bradford are also viable options.

"Our concern is to get [Ray] back and do what's right for his
best interests," Trembley said. "There are enough guys on this
club that are professional enough that will try to do the best they
can to pick it up."

Ray was disappointed to be headed to the DL, but realized there
was really no other option.

"I think you have to consider I'm going out there and trying to
help the team. I don't feel like I can do that," he said. "I
probably could pitch tonight, but then I might be right back in the
same situation I was Saturday and Sunday where I can't throw
again."

Notes
Miguel Tejada played six innings for the Double-A Bowie Baysox on Wednesday, going 0-for-3 but reporting no pain in his left wrist. Tejada has been sidelined since June 22 with a broken
bone near his left wrist. If the shortstop fares well in his second
rehab assignment, Thursday night in Frederick, then he should come
off the DL for Friday night's game against the New York Yankees.
"If he gets through tomorrow like he did today, he certainly
[will]," Trembley said.