New approach raises Segui's average

September 25, 1990|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent

NEW YORKCO: ORIOLES NOTES — NEW YORK -- When David Segui was called up from the minors the first time, he was in a slump.

"I was a little tentative. I wasn't aggressive," he said. "And the results showed. It was just one of those periods you fall into."

But hitting for the Baltimore Orioles has been easier the second time around. Segui is playing daily, relaxing and batting more than .300 since he returned from a bruised knee Sept. 8. Six of his past 10 hits have been for extra bases.

"I don't have to press as much," he said. "I'm starting to swing the bat the way I can."

The company line on Segui is that there are no worries about his defense at first base, only about whether he will hit consistently.

"That has always amazed me," he said. "I've hit over .300 the last two years. I know I can play up here."

Hitting coach Tom McCraw said he thinks Segui has "crossed the line" to the point where he can play with people he had only read about and watched on television.

"He has a plan when he goes up there," McCraw said. "David is a very aware hitter and remembers things about pitchers. His chances of being successful are way above average."

McCraw said he believes Segui eventually will be a solid run producer who could hit 10 to 15 home runs with more body bulk.

Segui will work extensively with weights this fall and while playing for Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League.

But what happens when Randy Milligan, a fixture at first, returns next year? Will Segui be trade bait?

"All I can do is play and let them make the decisions," he said.

* Pete Harnisch, the scheduled starter tomorrow night, did not accompany the team to New York and was examined yesterday by Dr. Charles Silberstein in Baltimore.

Harnisch has tendinitis in his right shoulder and will not pitch again this season. He has been the only starter who has been in the rotation all season.

Jeff Ballard will start tomorrow night.

* Catcher Chris Hoiles, who injured his throwing arm Sunday, will undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test today to determine the extent of the injury.

The preliminary diagnosis is a possible hernia in the muscle behind the shoulder, and he may be finished for the season. Hoiles is not on the trip.

* Manager Frank Robinson's name was mentioned on a Baltimore radio station yesterday as a possible candidate for the San Diego Padres general manager's job, but he said no one has contacted him.

"I'm not pursuing any job," said Robinson. "But I'll certainly give them the courtesy of sitting down and talking with them if they want."

Robinson is a friend of comedian Bill Cosby's. Cosby is involved with the ownership of the Padres.

The New York papers yesterday quoted sources in California saying that New York Mets vice president Joe McIlvaine has been targeted as the top candidate.

* The Orioles have scored one first-inning run in their past 23 games.

* The Yankees waived Deion Sanders last night for the purpose of giving the outfielder his unconditional release. Sanders left the Yankees on July 30 to join the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League.

The American League office reinstated Sanders from the disqualified list yesterday so the Yankees could release him.

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