06/22/2007 6:07 PM ET
Orioles place Miguel Tejada on disabled list; Consecutive game streak ends at 1,152 games
Hernandez activated, Knott recalled; Castillo designated for assignment
The Orioles today announced that SS MIGUEL TEJADA has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of the left radius, a move that will end the 5th longest consecutive-game playing streak in Major League history at 1,152 games.
The fracture occurred in the radius, the forearm bone on the thumb side, near Tejada's wrist. Tejada suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch on the left wrist in the 8th inning of the Orioles' game at San Diego on Wednesday by Padres pitcher Doug Brocail. Tejada started Thursday's game at San Diego but was removed for a pinch-runner after batting in the first inning.
Tejada, batting .306 with 7 home runs and 41 RBI in 72 games, has surpassed two of baseball's longest streaks this season and is 55 games behind Steve Garvey for the 4th longest streak of all-time. Juan Pierre of the Los Angeles Dodgers has the second longest current streak at 344 games entering today. Tejada last missed a game May 31, 2000, while playing for Oakland. He has started all 558 games since signing with the Orioles as a free agent before the 2004 season.
To take Tejada's place on the active roster, the Orioles have recalled OF JON KNOTT from AAA Norfolk. Knott has batted .210 with 8 homers and 20 RBI in 43 games for Norfolk. He played in 2 games for the Orioles, April 17-18, while OF Corey Patterson was on bereavement leave, going 3-for-4 including a pinch-hit 3-run home run.
In addition to placing Tejada on the disabled list and recalling Knott, the Orioles today activated CA RAMON HERNANDEZ from the 15-day DL and designated CA ALBERTO CASTILLO for assignment.
Hernandez went on the DL on June 8, retroactive to June 7, with a bruised groin. He went 4-for-10 with 2 doubles and 4 walks in 4 games on a minor league rehab assignment this week, including 2 games with Class A Frederick and 2 games at Short-A Aberdeen. He has batted .244 with 3 homers and 27 RBI in 44 games for the Orioles.
Castillo has batted .161 with a home run and 3 RBI in 11 games in two stints with the Orioles.