Just as Major League Baseball was reaching the season’s midway point, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Freddie Bynum was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List.
Bynum, a Wilson native and former Pitt Community College baseball standout, strained his hamstring Friday while trying to beat out an infield grounder against the Texas Rangers.
“It felt like somebody took a knife and stuck it in there,” Bynum told Orioles.com, Baltimore’s official team website. “It’s just really sore.”
This is the second straight season Bynum has landed on the DL. Last year, he injured his shoulder while playing for the Chicago Cubs as he made a diving catch against the Minnesota Twins. Doctors discovered the formation of a blood clot in the shoulder and Bynum ended up missing two months of the season recovering.
The 27-year-old Bynum’s most recent setback comes as the former Bulldog was finally seeing regular playing time with the O’s. He had gone 2-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in each of the two games prior to his injury against the Rangers, which came in the third inning of a 4-3 Orioles loss.
Bynum was one of three Baltimore players—Chris Gomez and Brandon Fahey are the other two—taking turns at shortstop in place of the injured Miguel Tejada.
In 48 games this season, Bynum has hit for a .277 average (13-for-47). To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, Baltimore called up Luis Hernandez from Triple-A Norfolk.