With tightness in his right elbow, Tim Alderson has landed on the disabled list.
The 6-foot-6 right hander is 4-4 with a 4.40 ERA for the Curve this season, but Alderson said he's had some issues with his elbow in his last few starts. Alderson was placed on the DL Saturday, and the move is retroactive to July 18 - a day after Alderson's last start.
"I've just been tight the past couple of weeks," Alderson said. "I was out there holding back a little bit because I wasn't sure what was going on. I got it checked out, and it's nothing too serious. Just a little bit of rest and I'll be good to go."
Alderson said he didn't know what the exact timetable was for his return to the mound, but he added he's going to begin doing simple things like play catch to start his rehabbing process early next week.
"I want to get back to being 100 percent and go from there," Alderson said.
In his last start, Alderson had his worst outing of the year as he gave up 8 runs in just 2 2/3 innings last Tuesday in Richmond. Alderson said his elbow problems may have hurt his performance and noted he had some trouble with his command.
Alderson did have a brief stint with Triple-A Indianapolis in April, but has spent almost the entire season with the Curve. Though he started the campaign in the bullpen, Alderson joined the Curve's rotation in mid-May.
In 11 starts this season, Alderson is 3-3 with a 4.91 ERA. Alderson said he hasn't spoken with the coaching staff about it, but he is hoping to stay in a starting role when he returns.
Former Curve outfielder Steve Pearce was designated for assignment by Baltimore on Saturday. Pearce, who made his major league debut for the Pirates in 2007, hit .254 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 28 games for the Orioles this season.
Pearce was phenomenal for the Curve during the 2007 season, as he hit .334 with 72 RBIs in 81 games.