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Orioles put Freel on disabled list

4/21/2009 - MLB Ryan Freel Baltimore Orioles + more

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have placed Ryan Freel on the 15-day disabled list, one day after he was struck in the head with a ball on a pickoff attempt.

Freel was on second base when the throw hit him in the right side of the head during the third inning of the 12-1 loss Monday to the Boston Red Sox. A backup outfielder, Freel was batting .133 batting in nine games.

The Orioles recalled outfielder Lou Montanez from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Freel. Montanez made his major league debut with Baltimore last season, batting .295 in 38 games.

Baltimore also recalled right-handed starter Brad Bergesen from Norfolk. Bergesen was to make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox.