Davis seeks advice on curing 'rare injury' Nerve problem could end his season, Oriole says

April 28, 1991|By Kent Baker

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Glenn Davis said he will embark on a "fact-finding mission" today or tomorrow to determine what needs to be done to correct the nerve injury in his neck that has put him on the disabled list.

Davis said it's possible that he may not be able to play anymore this season.

"I'm dealing with that possibility [mentally]," he said yesterday, "but, at this point, I just don't know.

"I pretty much have peace with myself in knowing what direction I want to go. When the possibility came up that I might not be able to play [the rest of the season], I was scared. A certain amount of fear goes with this, and I had to deal with it."

The Orioles are arranging a schedule that may take Davis t nerve specialists in New York, California and Canada.

He will be seeking additional opinions on what has bee diagnosed by Dr. James Campbell of Johns Hopkins Hospital as injury to the spinal accessory nerve in his neck.

That is causing a weakness to the trapezius muscle in Davis right shoulder and has made throwing and hitting painful.

Davis, who has four home runs and eight RBI in 12 games, sai additional muscles in the shoulder area are compensating, and they could be damaged if he continues to play.

"This is a rare injury. Not a lot of people know about it," he said. "But I have a lot of confidence in an organization which has a good reputation for taking care of its players. They want to make sure the right thing is done.

"If this takes going halfway around the world, I feel they'll do it The right people need to see this."

The injury originally occurred during the team's first night gam in spring training March 12. It has bothered him off and on since and may require surgery.

"If that's the consensus and I feel like it needs to be done, that's what we'll do. This is not in an area where they are going to have to cut through muscles, ligaments, things like that. The nerve might just be entrapped."

Davis said he has done a lot of extra work to maintain hi strength, and he is "at a crossroads. Basically, this is just a big question mark.

"The thing that hurts me the most is the fact that I'm on a new club. My wife and I like it here. I'm really relaxed, and this is one of the best times of my whole career. We're coming to love the city and the people here."

He said he hoped the pain would ease and chose "not to let a whole lot of people know about it. It has affected me and is partly responsible for things happening the way they were."

The reference was to his four-error game in Milwaukee last week, when he tied an American League record.

"In the meantime, I'm going to keep myself in the best shape can and be here and support my teammates," he said.

Yesterday, Davis worked out to keep his legs in shape.

"My strong faith in God is the only option I have," he said "There's hope that everything will turn out right."

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