McDonald could return April 14, but may not Orioles notes

April 08, 1991|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Baltimore Orioles general manager Roland Hemond said yesterday that the club does not know when Ben McDonald will return from the disabled list.

"He'll be eligible to come back April 14, but that doesn't necessarily mean he will," Hemond said. "We can make that determination later."

McDonald hurt the pronator muscle in his right elbow, which controls the movement of the forearm into a palm-down position, March 29 in West Palm Beach, Fla., while preparing for a start against the Montreal Expos.

The roster move was made retroactive to that date.

"We can't make any definite commitments yet," Hemond said. "We'll wait and see how he throws and get him back as soon as possible."

McDonald injured his left lateral oblique muscle trying to field a ground ball April 5, 1990, in an exhibition game.

That put him on the disabled list, followed by a rehabilitation assignment with the Class AA Hagerstown Suns and an option '' to the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings. He was not recalled by the Orioles until July 3.

* The Boston Red Sox rallied from a 5-2 deficit for a 6-5 victory that left the Orioles with a final 14-16-1 exhibition record.

A double by Randy Kutcher off Luis Mercedes' glove in right field knocked in the winning run for the Red Sox, who finished 22-11.

Ellis Burks' two-run single off Roy Smith capped a three-run Boston rally in the eighth that tied the game at 5, and Mike Greenwell drove in two earlier runs, giving him a team-high 22 RBI this spring.

* WBAL Radio (1090 AM) will broadcast "The Greatest Game Never Played" tonight during the "Dan Rodricks Show" as part of a daylong Opening Day celebration.

The fictional winner-take-all playoff game between the all-time Orioles and all-time New York Yankees and will begin after the 9 p.m. news.

The show, written by Rodricks, features Chuck Thompson and Rex Barney doing play-by-play.

* The crowd of 43,264 on a second straight day of ideal weather brought the two-day total at RFK Stadium to 80,712, nearly 45,000 shy of Miami's two-game draw the previous weekend. But the opening of additional ticket windows prevented a replay of Saturday's mess, when 4,000 fans still were waiting to enter the park in the fourth inning.

* The Orioles are 3-4 in exhibitions at RFK Stadium. . . . Worthington hit in 12 of the last 13 games. . . . Milligan, previously a first baseman, finished with 14 putouts and three errors in left field. . . . Bob Melvin threw out eight of 13 baserunners trying to steal.

Orioles spring leaders

Batting average C. Ripken, .380

Runs C. Ripken, Devereaux, 16

Hits C. Ripken, 27

Doubles C. Ripken, 6

Triples Horn, 2

Homers Devereaux, Milligan, 4

RBI Worthington, 17

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