Southpaw Wright headed to disabled list

Orioles call up knuckleballer Gamboa from Triple-A Norfolk

Southpaw Wright headed to disabled list

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles placed pitcher Wesley Wright on the disabled list and added knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa in his place prior to Saturday's game vs. the Blue Jays. Wright is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.

Wright, who allowed a run over 1 1/3 innings in Friday's 12-5 loss to Toronto, reported feeling pain behind his left shoulder following the contest, and the team thinks it's a neck/trapezius muscle injury right now. He was examined by team orthopedist Michael Jacobs on Saturday afternoon.

"[We're] going to try to clear this up with a DL stint," manager Buck Showalter said. "I thought that's where we'd head last night. [Wright] came in today about the same."

Gamboa was slated to start for Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, so he was the best option in terms of schedule that will still give the O's some length in the bullpen, if needed, on Saturday. The O's 21st-round pick in 2008, Gamboa is in his third season as a knuckleballer. The 30-year-old went 5-7 with a combined 3.81 ERA at two levels last season.

His stay could be short, as David Lough (hamstring) took batting practice in Baltimore on Saturday and will play with Class A Frederick on Sunday. He could be activated after that, and Showalter confirmed the O's plan to drop their 13th pitcher soon -- and it could be whenever Lough is ready to return.

In other injury news, catcher Matt Wieters took batting practice off the coaches in Sarasota, Fla., from both sides of the plate on Saturday. Top prospect Hunter Harvey (fractured right fibula) also got out of his walking boot and made 30 throws from 60 feet.

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