Orioles LHP Birkins placed on DL with elbow problem

BALTIMORE (Ticker) - The Baltimore Orioles on Monday placed lefthanded reliever Kirk Birkins on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with left elbow neuritis.

Birkins, who last pitched on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox, is 5-2 with a 4.94 ERA in 35 games since having his contract purchased from Class AAA Ottawa on May 2.

To replace the reliever, the Orioles recalled Julio Manon from Ottawa. Earlier this season, Manon had no record and a 3.38 ERA in nine games. The righthander was 0-1 with 24 saves and a 2.36 ERA in 38 relief appearances with Ottawa.

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Updated Monday, Jul 31, 2006