Tejada day-to-day with groin strain

 

OAKLAND — Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada is day-to-day
with a mild groin strain suffered in the sixth inning of Baltimore’s 4-3 loss
to the Oakland Athletics.

Following the game, Tejada said the team’s training staff
told him the injury wouldn’t warrant a trip to the disabled list, but he will
likely need to rest for a few days.

With Baltimore’s offense scoreless through the first five
innings, Tejada tried to spark something with a bunt to the left side of the
infield. But after taking several steps out of the batter’s box, Tejada felt
something tighten up and dove headfirst into the bag, rolling around in pain as
he grabbed his right quadriceps area.

After several minutes on the ground with head athletic
trainer Richard Bancells examining him, Tejada tried to walk a few steps to
shake out his leg. But it was in vain, and he exited in favor of pinch-runner
Cesar Izturis.

“What Tejada did today was probably one of the most
unselfish team plays I’ve seen in a long, long time,” Orioles manager Dave
Trembley said of his cleanup hitter’s decision to bunt. “The guy loves to
win, wants to win. He’ll do anything for the club.”

Tejada, who singled in his previous two at-bats against A’s
starter Justin Duchscherer, said he was just trying to get on base in hopes
that designated hitter Luke Scott would connect for a homer.

“I know I’m hitting fourth but in this game when you
are struggling the way the whole team is right now, you got to make something
happen,” Tejada said.

The Orioles’ primary cleanup hitter this season, Tejada
entered Saturday’s game batting .186 with two homers and seven RBIs. He tied
his season high with three hits before leaving Saturday’s game.

For an already-injury depleted Orioles club, being without
Tejada will require some shuffling.  On
Saturday, Baltimore inserted Izturis at shortstop and moved Ty Wigginton from
third to second base, with Julio Lugo moving from short to second.

While Wigginton is the primary backup at third base,
Trembley could also opt to put Justin Turner at second instead of Lugo. 

“The doctor said it’s not going to be anything to worry
about [long-term],” Tejada said. “I’ll be ready in a couple
days.”

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