Orioles infielder Cesar Izturis, who was put on the disabled list today, will have surgery to move the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, a procedure that could keep him out from six to eight weeks, said President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail.

Izturis has been dealing with numbness in several of his fingers on his right hand. Both manager Buck Showalter and Izturis said it is the result of the ligament-reconstruction surgery he had on his right elbow in 2005. When he had the Tommy John surgery done, the doctor did not have move the ulnar nerve, and scar tissue has formed on the nerve, causing "some of the damage," Showalter said.

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Izturis was considering three options: getting an injection, removing the scar tissue or having the surgery to move the ulnar nerve. He ultimately chose the surgery.

Izturis, who hadn't played since May 12, and who had started just eight of the Orioles' 40 games, said that he has dealt with the discomfort for a while, but it got to the point where he couldn't grip the ball.

"It hasn't been this bad, but I reached a point where we had to do something," Izturis said.

Triple-A Norfolk first baseman Brandon Snyder took Izturis' place on the roster. Snyder, the Orioles first round pick in 2006, was batting .276 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 35 games for the Tides. He made his big league debut last September and went 6-for-20 (.300) with three RBIs in 10 games.

The Orioles opted not to put first baseman Derrek Lee (strained left oblique) on the disabled list. Lee, who was hurt in Monday's game, said he was feeling much better today and is hoping to avoid an extended absence. At this point, the Orioles appear willing to give him a couple of days to see how much he improves.

Troy Patton is with the club and is available to be recalled. Luke Scott started at first tonight in Lee's absence. Lee had started the Orioles' first 40 games, the only player on the club to accomplish that.

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