Milligan reactivated to test shoulder, likely to start as DH against Indians

Orioles notes

September 29, 1990|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent

CLEVELAND -- Randy Milligan was reactivated from th 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles yesterday and could start as the designated hitter at Cleveland Stadium in tomorrow's final road game.

Milligan has been out of the lineup since Aug. 7, when h suffered a mild shoulder separation after a collision at home plate with Oakland Athletics catcher Ron Hassey.

"I wanted to come back. There is a pride factor," said Milligan, who is still tied with Cal Ripken for the team lead with 20 home runs. "I don't want to go the whole winter wondering."

Manager Frank Robinson said he will not use Milligan at firs base in the final five games but "might DH him against the left-hander [Greg Swindell]. He might help us win a game or two."

"The first one back facing Swindell doesn't look too promising, said Milligan, "but then, it could be Roger Clemens or Dave Stieb. I definitely want to test it [the shoulder] no matter who's pitching."

Robinson said he has been assured by the medical staff tha Milligan can do no further damage to the shoulder and "Now we can have Moose and Daniel Boone out in the wilderness."

Boone is making his first major-league start in the game agains the Indians.

"I'll take the word of the expert [Milligan] that he's ready," Robinson said. "He's not 100 percent, but he's pretty close. This is for his own peace of mind."

"I was always confident I could come back," said Milligan, who was leading the majors in walks when injured and still ranks seventh.

The Orioles had a 19-29 record with Milligan inactive.

* Catcher Chris Hoiles will not have to undergo surgery to repair what has been diagnosed as a tear in a posterior shoulder muscle.

Hoiles will rest the shoulder for several weeks, have it checke again, then begin a rehabilitation program.

"This is good news," said Robinson. "He should be fine by spring training."

* The Orioles held a one-hour "Kangaroo Court" before last night's game, divvying out fines for minor offenses on and off the field.

"I was the judge and I banged everybody who needed to b banged," said Ron Kittle. "That was everybody."

Kittle said he imposed more fines on himself than any other player except pitcher Curt Schilling, who was cited for "just being himself."

"This is the second club [Rochester] I've led in fines this year, Schilling said in mock dismay.

* Bob Milacki said his goal today is "five shutout innings and as far as I can go after that."

Milacki will be making his first start since July 30 against Toronto because of tendinitis in his right shoulder.

"I want to see what I can do starting innings," he said. "When you're in the 'pen and give up three inherited runners it looks pretty bad. But I thought I pitched pretty well and I want to see what happens when I don't have to worry about someone else."

Robinson said he wants Milacki "just to do whatever he can Three or four good innings would be fine."

* Mickey Tettleton has one thing in common with Cecil Fielder They had each walked and struck out a combined total of 263 times this season before last night.

That total ties Babe Ruth for the 10th-highest single-season total in history. The record is 290 by Houston's Jim Wynn in 1969.

Tettleton was not in the starting lineup last night because of a sore Achilles tendon.

* The Indians announced yesterday they have exercised their option to renew Brook Jacoby's contract. . . . The 13 hits Thursday night were the most by the Orioles in more than a month (Aug. 21 at Boston). . . . David Segui was a late lineup scratch because of a tight back.

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