Manager Frank Robinson said yesterday that Randy Milligan will play "first base a majority of the time" in Glenn Davis' absence.
"But nothing is written in concrete around here," Robinso added. "There will be times when Randy is back out in left field so I can get someone else into the lineup."
That will probably occur against certain left-handed pitcher when Robinson wants Chris Hoiles or Leo Gomez to play first base.
Joe Orsulak, who usually plays against right-handers, will fac only "some lefties," according to Robinson, meaning Milligan would be needed in the outfield.
With right-hander Don August going last night for the Brewers Milligan was at first and Orsulak in left.
They stay put
For now, Robinson has no plans to change the five-man pitching rotation of Jeff Ballard, Jose Mesa, Ben McDonald, Dave Johnson and Jeff Robinson.
"Flanny [Mike Flanagan] is staying where he is," said th manager. "And [Bob] Milacki is in the bullpen. I'm not looking to get him in as early as possible. I want my starters going nine."
The next break in the schedule comes Thursday, when th Orioles play an exhibition in Rochester, N.Y., but Robinson said he is not thinking that far ahead with regard to the rotation.
Grapefruit travel? No problem
A theory has been advanced that the excessive travel i spring training has been partially responsible for the Orioles' slow start.
Robinson scoffed at the thought.
"I don't believe that has anything to do with it," he said. "We'r just trying too hard at the plate, putting more pressure on ourselves."
He said five starters in the lineup require improved offensiv production: Mike Devereaux, Milligan, Bill Ripken, Craig Worthington and the combined catchers (Bob Melvin, Hoiles and Ernie Whitt).
"It'll come," Robinson said.