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Pedro Strop lands on disabled list with lower back strain

May 25, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

Pedro Strop AP

The Orioles have placed right-handed reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. Steve Johnson has replaced him on the active roster and is available out of the bullpen for Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays.

After posting a 2.44 ERA in 70 appearances last season, Strop has really struggled so far this year, posting a 6.11 ERA with 14 walks in 17 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old walked two batters and gave up a grand slam in his most recent appearance on Thursday night.

Strop is out of options, so the Orioles would have to expose him to waivers if the wanted to send him to the minors. He would almost certainly be claimed, so this could be one of those phantom injury cases. Either way, the Orioles can now send him on a minor league rehab assignment and try to get his mechanics back on track.

  1. fukpittsburgh - May 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Anything to get him out of an Oriole uniform for now. He needs some serious help.

  2. rockthered1286 - May 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I’d be thrilled to see him out of orange and black. Last year, just like JJ, he seemed to get lucky more than anything- guys swinging at terrible pitches, lucky bounces, timely D… But he’s been falling apart since post- ASG last year. Time to move on.

  3. ezthinking - May 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Are they not sure its wasn’t whiplash from giving up all those rockets?

  4. stinkfist5 - May 25, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    That’s great news for the O’s

  5. rockthered1286 - May 25, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    First problem to fix: STRAIGHTEN PUT YOUR $@!&#% HAT!! Jackass…

  6. deathmonkey41 - May 25, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    The crooked hat is putting undue stress on his lower back because his neck trying to over compensate for the uneven tilt of the hat brim- I believe it is the same thing that has derailed Ricky Ramero’s career. For medical reasons, they should really straighten those out…also, it makes them both look like a complete d-bags

  7. beachnbaseball - May 26, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Ah….the long awaited phantom injury has finally been created. Hide him in the minors.

    • ravenunitas - May 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Yeah, like no other team in baseball has ever done this. Pedro will be back and dominate again. So many so called Orioles fans crying like girls. Your not true fans just bandwagon jumpers. Get off if you can’t take the ups and downs of a long season.

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