Orioles place struggling closer Gonzalez on DL

The Baltimore Orioles have placed struggling closer Mike

Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left

shoulder.

The move announced Wednesday is retroactive to April 10.

Gonzalez notified manager Dave 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 by a

doctor Wednesday and then placed on the DL.

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.