SARASOTA, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles prospect David Segui might have to wait a few days to make his Grapefruit League outfield debut. He suffered a hamstring strain during workouts yesterday and will reduce his workout schedule until the inflammation subsides.
"I'd been real tight in the upper part of the [left] leg," Segui said, "but I thought it was feeling pretty good until today. I think I just strained it a little. I don't think it's too serious."
Club officials hope that it is minor and won't be a problem for more than a day or two. But even if that's the case, Segui doesn't figure to show up in the outfield for Thursday's exhibition opener against the Chicago White Sox.
"It's a bad time with the games starting," Segui said, "but I don't think it's that big a deal."
Manager Frank Robinson said the club will take every precaution to avoid aggravating the injury.
"It's not bad to the point that he can't do anything," Robinson said, "but it's deep. It might take awhile to heal completely."
Segui and fellow first baseman Randy Milligan have been working on their outfield skills with coach Curt Motton, and both are expected to get some preseason playing time in left field.
* Pitching prospect Mike Mussina tried to write it off as a learning experience, but he was a little disappointed with his rocky performance in the first intrasquad game of the spring.
Mussina gave up two runs in the first inning, both of them on a line-drive home run by Cal Ripken. He also gave up base hits to Glenn Davis and Larry Sheets before getting out of the first and working a scoreless second.
"I couldn't get the ball down in the first inning," he said. "I guess it was just one of those things. I tried not to get too excited. I didn't want to try and overimpress anyone."
The Orioles don't figure to judge him too harshly, certainly not after his first competitive appearance against major-league hitters. He has been one of the most impressive young pitchers in camp, and one intrasquad home run is not going to change that.
"But it was the first time I ever faced [Ripken]," Mussina said, "so I hope I'm not getting into a pattern where I give up a lot of home runs."
* The infield alignment for the home club in yesterday's intrasquad game featured Davis, Bill Ripken, Cal Ripken and . . . Leo Gomez. It probably wasn't significant, but it raised a question about who will get the first shot at the starting job at third base. Craig Worthington was at third in the bottom of the first, aligned with shortstop Jeff McKnight, second baseman Juan Bell and first baseman Randy Milligan. Gomez, incidentally, made an outstanding diving play to steal a hit in the eighth inning.
* The intrasquad game was an offensive extravaganza that provided some evidence to contradict the notion that the pitchers are always ahead of the hitters at this point in the spring.
Ripken's homer was the first of three by hitters from both teams in an 8-6 victory for the home club. Gomez had a home run and a two-run single. Sam Horn had a homer and three RBI.
* It was a tough day all-around for the pitchers, but Chris Myers got the worst of it, giving up four runs on five hits to take the loss. Newly acquired David Martinez got the victory for a two-inning performance in which he gave up a run on three hits.
* Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer will be one of the starting pitchers for today's intrasquad game. He is expected to pitch two innings in his first competitive appearance of any kind since 1984.
Palmer has thrown batting practice twice, but this will be his first time working the plate against live hitting. The real test should begin March 11, when he is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut against the Boston Red Sox in Bradenton, Fla.
* Right-hander John Mitchell agreed to terms on a contract for 1991, leaving three players unsigned -- Milligan, Mike Devereaux and Gregg Olson.