The Baltimore Orioles released a list yesterday of 13 non-roster players they have invited to 1991 spring training, but the names of Jim Palmer and Mike Flanagan are not on it.
In addition to veteran catcher Ernie Whitt, who announced his acceptance this week, the most prominent players invited are minor-league pitchers Arthur Rhodes and Mike Mussina, who were named the top two prospects in the organization's minor-league system in a recent poll conducted by Baseball America.
General manager Roland Hemond said the list is not necessarily complete and that more invitees "could be added later."
"This doesn't mean everything is etched in stone. Palmer has been traveling recently, and he is to let us know when he thinks he is prepared, and Flanagan right now is just working into shape."