Davis put on 15-day DL surgery possible Weakness in right shoulder traced to nerve injury in neck

April 27, 1991|By Kent Baker

Glenn Davis' most recent at-bat produced a pinch-hit home run Wednesday.

But it will be awhile before the Baltimore Orioles' newest slugger goes deep again.

Davis was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday after an examination by Dr. James Campbell at Johns Hopkins Hospital revealed an injury to the spinal accessory nerve in his neck.

The problem, which bothered Davis in spring training, causes a weakness in his right shoulder, and surgery has been discussed as a possibility.

The extent of the damage will not be fully known until Davis receives a second opinion,probably early next week.

"We have no idea how long he'll be out," said manager Frank Robinson. "It depends on what type of treatment is recommended. But either way [surgery or not], it's going to take awhile."

Davis has tried to play through the problem, which lessened, then recurred.

"At different times it has bothered him more than others, but the last few days, it really got bad," said Robinson. "He came by and let us know he wants to get this thing behind him. He's one of those guys you have to put a rope on."

The injury affects Davis in the field and at the plate, yet he shares the club lead in homers with Cal Ripken (four). Davis was hitting .244 with eight RBI in 12 games.

"We'll determine along with Glenn what needs to be done," said general manager Roland Hemond. "We're at this early stage of the season, so we can take immediate action."

Robinson said: "This is not a shock. We knew the problem was there. You certainly hate to lose a weapon like Glenn Davis for any length of time, but he even has trouble moving his arm up and down."

Robinson had Davis in last night's original lineup as the designated hitter, with Leo Gomez due to make his first start at first base in the majors. But Davis' absence shifted Gomez to DH and Randy Milligan to first, with Joe Orsulak taking over for Milligan in left field.

"As long as he's out, we'll probably play Randy at first," Robinson said. "That's the only fair thing to do."

Orsulak will be in the lineup as long as he's hitting, Robinson said. That leaves Brady Anderson as the only spare outfielder.

"This doesn't leave me short out there," the manager. "These guys starting don't need to come out."

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