O’s lineup, Roberts & Lee to DL

The Orioles have placed Derrek Lee (left oblique strain) and Brian Roberts on the disabled list, although given Roberts’ injury –which is concussion-like symptoms– the team is hoping to put him on the 7-day DL.

Manager Buck Showalter said Roberts started feeling the ill effects when he slid into first base headfirst while hustling down the first-base path after hitting a ball off Daisuke Matsuzaka’s midsection in the first inning of Monday night’s game. Right now, the team isn’t sure if that was the cause of Roberts’ headaches or if it just amplified his symptoms. In any event, Roberts will be on the shelf for at least a week further crippling the Orioles bench.

The Orioles’ leadoff hitter, Roberts was batting .221 with three homers and 19 RBIS in 39 games. He had a hot start to the season but has struggled in May, opening the month with a brutal 4-for-45 stretch in 11 games. Roberts has hit safely in his past three contests, going 5-for-15 during that timeframe.

Lee has been bothered by discomfort in his left side for weeks, but he aggravated the muscle further while running the bases during his first at-bat on Monday.He was hitting .231 on the season with 14 RBIs and 41 strikeouts.

Given the dire straits of their bullpen following Wednesday’s 15-inning loss, the O’s have recalled lefty Troy Patton and right-hander Chris Jakubauskas to take the roster spots vacated by Lee and Roberts. The thought is one of those pitchers could be sent back to Triple-A after Thursday’s game in favor of a position player.

The roster moves leaves the Orioles with a two-man bench Thursday: Luke Scott and catcher Matt Wieters, who is getting a rare off day. The earliest Lee could be activated would be June 1, although shortstop J.J. Hardy missed a month with a lefty oblique strain earlier this season and the average rehab is 32 days for the popular DL injury.

Roberts’ return is more of a moving target given that the team still doesn’t know exactly what they are dealing with and if he will be eligible for the 7-day DL.

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