Price hopes Orioles like his new medical fax

November 15, 1990|By Peter Schmuck

The Baltimore Orioles will be getting an electronic letter from an old friend today, but it is not known whether they will answer it.

Free-agent pitcher Joe Price, who was released by the club in October, will be faxing the documentation of his latest medical examination, the results of which apparently differ from the one done under the supervision of the Orioles last month.

Price visited Drs. Mark Sontag and Arthur White in San Francisco three weeks ago for an independent examination. Sontag oversees the orthopedic care of the San Francisco 49ers. White performed back surgery on quarterback Joe Montana four years ago The report, which arrived in the mail while Price was on a golf vacation, indicates that he faces only a "mild" risk of further injury to his lower back.

The back injury that forced Price onto the disabled list in late July was used by the club as the justification for passing up a $400,000 contract option for 1991. Price had the new testing done so that he would have something to show other clubs who might be interested in signing him, but he has decided to show the report first to the Orioles.

Price, 33, was described as "a walking time bomb" after the first MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) examination. This time, he said the report from Sontag reflects a mild risk of back soreness and leg pain that is fairly common among athletes of Price's age and experience.

"He told me just about anybody playing baseball would be at mild risk," Price said.

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