3 New York doctors observe Davis, but report on condition still pending

Orioles notebook

April 30, 1991|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

Glenn Davis was examined by three doctors in New York yesterday, but the Orioles do not expect a report until later today or tomorrow.

The slugging first baseman, who is on the disabled list with an injury to the spinal accessory nerve, underwent several tests, including an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Injuries to the accessory nerve, which weaken the trapezius muscle in the shoulder area, are considered very rare for athletes.

Depending on the results of yesterday's examination, Davis will either consult with other doctors or determine how the injury should be treated.

Surgery is one of the possibilities, and it is not known how long a recovery period will be necessary -- or how complete a recovery can be expected. Davis, who was accompanied to New York by assistant trainer Jamie Reed, will return to Baltimore today.

* RIP'S READERS: Cal Ripken and his wife Kelly, who established the Ripken Learning Center two years ago, launched their latest literacy campaign yesterday.

Labeled "Reading, Runs and Ripken," the fund-raiser is designed to raise money for literacy programs throughout the city. Companies and individuals will be asked to pledge $10, $50 or $100 each time Ripken hits a home run this season. Baltimore Reads hopes to raise up to $120,000 for its projects.

The Ripkens donated $250,000 to set up the learning center and also have made a pledge to the current campaign.

At a news conference at the stadium yesterday afternoon, Eammon McGeady, one of the chairmen of the program, jokingly noted that Ripken was on pace to register 65 home runs and 230 runs batted in.

"The expectations seem to be rather high right now," said Ripken, "and my wife's seem to be even higher. She told me to make sure I tell everybody that I hope to hit more home runs than singles. That's my goal,"

Ripken, who hit 21 home runs -- and had 96 singles -- last year.

Mayor Kurt Schmoke, noting that 25 percent of Baltimore City's population reads below the eighth-grade level, called the program "the new 3R's of Baltimore."

* NOT SUPERSTITIOUS, BUT: When Seattle was in Baltimore last September, Mariners second baseman Harold Reynolds was honored by President Bush at the White House for his community service. Reynolds proceeded to go 6-for-12, with two home runs (including a grand slam), eight runs batted in and eight runs scored.

Reynolds didn't meet with Bush yesterday, but he did take a trip to the White House to visit with staffers he met last year. The trip wasn't quite as productive last night, but Reynolds did have a two-run single in Seattle's four-run second inning.

* THIS 'N THAT: Cal Ripken had two more hits last night, giving him 1,575 for his career and moving him past Boog Powell into third place on the Orioles' all-time list. He trails only Brooks Robinson (2,848) and Eddie Murray (2,021).

Ripken's eighth-inning double was the 556th extra-base hit of his career, leaving him one behind Powell for third place in that department.

Chris Hoiles' ninth-inning single broke an 0-for-11 streak.

The Mariners went into last night's game with a .373 team batting average against Dave Johnson -- and raised it to .387.

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