PHOENIX -- The streak is over. The Orioles officially put Miguel Tejada on the disabled list due to a fractured left wrist on Friday, ending the longest active consecutive games streak in baseball. The four-time All-Star had played in 1,152 consecutive games, which ranks as the fifth-longest streak in the history of the game.
Tejada was hit by a pitch late in Wednesday's game, and initial X-Rays didn't show any broken bones. There was enough concern, however, to send him to the hospital for further testing. Tejada and interim manager Dave Trembley both denied any knowledge of the test results Thursday after Baltimore's 6-3 win over San Diego.
Despite the injury, Tejada started Thursday's game and was removed after his first at-bat. The shortstop dropped down a feeble bunt in the first inning and immediately left the game for a pinch-runner. Tejada has played in every game since June of the 2000 season, and Trembley wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.
"I believe you walk a fine line between what's right for your team and what's right for Miguel Tejada -- out of respect, because I believe he's earned that," he said. "Today, I took him out of the game for the team, but I allowed him to have that at-bat out of respect for him. We'll see what we have to do tomorrow, keeping both things in mind."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.