Robinson asks coaches for input

Orioles notebook

May 06, 1991|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Frank Robinson said the pre-game meeting with his coaching staff yesterday was more procedural than fact-finding.

"I wasn't looking for answers," said Robinson. "But I just wanted to get their input. I wanted to hear what they've seen, what they've heard and what they feel."

Changes, either in the roster, the pitching rotation, or the starting lineup, were not discussed, said Robinson. "We just went over each individual player," he said.

"Some of them you don't have to talk about, obviously, but everybody was mentioned in some way."

The meeting lasted so long that the starting lineup wasn't posted until 40 minutes before game time. "I didn't put it up because I wanted to hear from the coaches first," said Robinson. "They're here to help me, and sometimes they might see things a little different than I do, and I just wanted to hear what they had to say."

He indicated the meeting had little, if anything, to do with the people who played yesterday, but it may have had something to do with the order in which they batted. Leo Gomez was a notable absentee from the lineup against lefthander Jim Abbott, but Robinson said that was pre-planned.

"Leo's just not swinging the bat very good right now," said Robinson, who used Tim Hulett as the designated hitter.

However, the absence of Gomez, who is hitting .227, again raised the issue of whether he or Craig Worthington is benefiting from the split playing time at third base.

"I've never believed in making changes just to make them," said Robinson. "I believe in making them for positive purposes -- bringing people in to help out, not just to make it look like you're doing something."

However, he did admit that there is at least a possibility that the roster could be affected by the team's poor start. "We have players [within the system] we could exchange," he said.

* FINAL EXAM FOR DAVIS? Glenn Davis is scheduled to have his pain in the neck analyzed for the fourth, and possibly final, time this afternoon in Los Angeles. He will his damaged accessory nerve examined by Dr. Robert Watkins, of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic.

Davis has been seen by medical experts in Baltimore, New York and Cleveland and there also has been a telephone consultation with doctors in Toronto. The majority opinion is to forgo surgery, at least for the time being, and re-evaluate Davis' condition in two weeks.

* THIS 'N THAT: Bob Milacki had the longest relief stint of his career in the Orioles' 6-3 loss Saturday night. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and one run.

Jeff Robinson's 100th major-league appearance was hardly a memorable one. The big righthander lasted just one-third of an inning Saturday night and was charged with five runs. Robinson (1-3) saw his ERA jump from 4.02 to 6.75.

Cal Ripken's error in the seventh inning yesterday was only his second in the last 148 games. He had gone 51 straight games without an error since his all-time record of 95 in a row ended late last year.

The Orioles were tied with Texas for fewest errors (10) in the American League before Cal and Bill Ripken both had miscues yesterday. Bill suffered a sprained ring finger on his right hand on the play on which he was charged with an error and had to leave the game after the fourth inning.

Bill Ripken's double Saturday night was his first extra-base hit of the year. Ditto for California shortstop Dick Schofield, who had a two-out double during the Angels' six-run fourth inning yesterday.

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