According to the Baltimore Sun, Orioles closer Mike Gonzalez (shoulder) is expected to miss at least three weeks.
Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list Wednesday. An MRI exam on his shoulder revealed no new damage, matching the team’s diagnosis of a strain.
Manager Dave Trembley told the newspaper that Jim Johnson likely will handle most of the team’s save opportunities.
Gonzalez notified Trembley on Tuesday night that he wasn’t available to pitch against Tampa Bay because he couldn’t get his shoulder loose in the bullpen. Gonzalez was examined Wednesday.
Gonzalez has blown two saves in three tries, and in his only converted opportunity he loaded the bases before getting the final out. The left-hander is 0-2 with an 18.00 ERA and has allowed five hits and four walks in only two innings.
He was signed as a free agent in December.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.