Palmer, Flanagan not among 13 invited to camp

January 31, 1991|By Kent Baker

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."

Three other pitchers, left-handers Dan Boone (0-0, 2.79 in four Orioles games) and Paul Kilgus (0-0, 6.06 in 11 games with the Toronto Blue Jays) and right-hander Todd Frohwirth (0-1, 18.00 in five games with the Philadelphia Phillies) appeared in the majors last season.

All the position players were Orioles farmhands last season, except Whitt and Chito Martinez, a minor-league free agent.

Also invited were catchers Doug Robbins and Mike Eberle.

Completing the list are outfielder Tony Chance and infielders Pat Austin, Rodney Lofton and Shane Turner.

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