Davis, McDonald skip exhibition game

May 03, 1991|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Glenn Davis and tonight's starting pitcher, Ben McDonald, did not make the trip to Rochester. McDonald left early for California, and Davis was in Cleveland to visit another specialist about the injury to his spinal accessory nerve.

"We haven't heard anything yet about Davis," said general manager Roland Hemond.

Stadium neutrality

The Orioles are officially taking a neutral stance regarding Rochester's stadium dilemma, which might affect the future of the franchise there.

"We are not really involved in that until it affects our player development," said assistant general manager Doug Melvin. "It doesn't affect our players."

The Orioles have a contract with Rochester through 1992, but Peter Kirk, owner of the Hagerstown Suns and Frederick Keys, is seeking a Class AAA franchise for the Annapolis-Bowie area.

Having an Orioles affiliate in Annapolis "would be nice from the standpoint of location," said Melvin, "so close that the front office can see them play."

Rochester and Monroe County officials are addressing the issue of a new stadium.

Olson in top form, Melvin says

Bob Melvin said he never had seen Gregg Olson with better stuff than he had in the ninth inning Wednesday night.

Olson wasn't sure. "I can only go on what the catcher tells me," said the Orioles closer, who is 3-for-3 in saves. "I'm just trying to get guys out."

Olson said he thought he had "bad stuff" in the bullpen warming up. "I was concerned a little," he said.


Hemond, Doug Melvin, pitcher Jeff Ballard, manager Frank Robinson and other club officials attended a luncheon honoring the Orioles yesterday. . . . The chances of playing the game in Rochester appeared bleak at noon when a rain and sleet storm passed through. But the weather cleared, although it remained crisp (47 degrees at game time). . . . The Orioles won the pre-game home-run-hitting contest, 10-9, with five players hitting two each.

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