By Matt Snyder
The Orioles have placed second baseman Brian Roberts and first baseman Derrek Lee on the disabled list, effective immediately, while recalling relief pitchers Troy Patton and Chris Jakubauskas. (School of Roch via Twitter)
The O's have been without Roberts since Monday, when he apparently suffered a head injury diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt. There have been no specific reports of a concussion, but Roberts has been said to be out with headaches since then. In fact, the Orioles have placed Roberts on the new 7-day disabled list -- pending MLB approval -- which was put in place just this season for players suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Roberts, 33, is hitting .221 with seven doubles, 18 runs, 19 RBI, six steals and a meager .273 on-base percentage this season. He played only 59 games last season due to injury issues.
Lee, 35, is hitting .231 with four home runs, 14 RBI, 17 runs and a .657 OPS.
The Orioles' bullpen is very taxed, so these moves may have been made more to help the state of the roster -- otherwise both Lee and Roberts may have simply been listed as day-to-day and stayed on the active roster. Roberts could be back pretty quickly, too, as he could be retroactively placed on the 7-day DL to this past Tuesday.
Patton is a left-hander and has a 2.60 ERA in 17 1/3 Triple-A innings this season. Jakubauskas is a right hander and has a 5.54 ERA in 13 Triple-A innings. He's also thrown 7 1/3 innings for the Orioles this season, having given up six earned runs (7.36 ERA).
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