Orioles lose veteran lefty Randy Wolf to torn elbow ligament
Former Brewers pitcher was 2-0 with a 5.28 ERA in 5 games since joining Baltimore
The Baltimore Orioles placed left-handed pitcher Randy Wolf on the 60-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his left elbow.
Manager Buck Showalter said that Wolf, who was 2-0 with a 5.28 earned-run average in five games with the Orioles since signing as a free agent on Aug. 31, felt discomfort in his elbow during the fifth inning of Saturday's start in Boston.
Wolf signed on with the Orioles, saying he believed the surprising American League team gave him the best chance to win a World Series this season. He was so confident that he turned down offers from other interested clubs to remain a starter and, until recently, was a full-time relief pitcher for the first time in 13-plus major league seasons.
During his brief time with the Orioles this month Wolf simply tried to fit in with a "laid-back, relaxed and confident" group of teammates and help where possible.
"They’re the best team that’s now starting to get talked about," said Wolf during a recent visit to Toronto. "I knew it was going to be a different role [converting from starter to reliever] but I felt with the other options I had, this was the best one as far as going to a team that I feel has a legitimate chance to win this year."
Baltimore purchased Bill Hall's contract from AAA Norfolk. The 32-year-old Hall, who plays both infield and outfield, will be used to help out in the outfield while Lew Ford recovers from a groin injury.
Hall batted .222 with a home run in seven games with the Orioles earlier this season.
The 88-67 Orioles entered play Wednesday with the first wild card spot in the American League and one-and-a-half games back of the AL East-leading New York Yankees.
With files from CBCSports.ca