ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Davis undergoes exams at Kerlan/Jobe Clinic
Injured first baseman sees 4th specialist
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- First baseman Glenn Davis spent most of yesterday at the Kerlan/Jobe Clinic in Inglewood, Calif., undergoing another extensive examination on his injured neck.
Davis was examined by back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins and at least one other specialist at one of the nation's foremost
sports medicine facilities, but results of the tests have not been made available.
This is the fourth stop on Davis' medical tour. He has been examined at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Cornell University Hospital of Special Surgery and the Cleveland Clinic. In each case, the injury was diagnosed as a damaged spinal accessory nerve, but the original medical opinion called for surgery and several later ones did not.
Davis has indicated that he has decided against surgery, and it appears that nothing was learned yesterday that will change his mind.
Bill Ripken out of lineup
Second baseman Bill Ripken was held out of the lineup lasnight after suffering a jammed ring finger on his right hand in Sunday's game at Anaheim Stadium.
Trainer Richie Bancells said yesterday that Ripken had shown marked improvement after only 24 hours, but the manager Frank Robinson wrote Tim Hulett into the lineup at second base to give Ripken more time to mend.
Milligan still puzzled by slump
First baseman Randy Milligan drove home a run with a singlin his first at-bat in the cleanup spot Sunday, but he says the jury is still out on whether hitting deeper in the order will help him out of a prolonged hitting slump.
"I still have a ways to go," said Milligan, who came into last night's game hitting just .183. "I'm confident that I will come out of it, but it's not any fun when I'm swinging like this."
Robinson hoped that moving Milligan into a run-production spot would get him back into a good frame of mind. Milligan batted fourth Sunday and was in the No. 5 slot last night.
"If I knew exactly what was wrong, I'd straighten it out," he said. "To simplify it, he's not doing the things he has to do to hit. He's pulling off the ball -- not keeping his head on it."
If things don't improve soon, Milligan might be in for a few days off.
"I hadn't thought about that yet," Robinson said, "but it's something you might have to consider if this continues."
Jeff Robinson in bullpen
Right-hander Jeff Robinson has been in the bullpen the pascouple of games, was available for relief because he lasted less than one inning in his start on Saturday night.
Frank Robinson said that sending the veteran starter to the bullpen was an obvious move, since he did not get much work in his fourth start of the season. But he admitted that if Robinson was forced into a long relief stint, it could alter the rotation.
The manager has been coy about his pitching plans lately, which might be an indication that some changes are imminent.
"I don't want to say anything prematurely," he said, "because I don't want to have to flip-flop on anything later if I change my mind."
The Orioles entered last night's game with a 3-6 record since Davis went on the disabled list. . . . Gregg Olson has held opposing hitters to a .203 batting average during his 2-plus seasons in the major leagues. . . . Milligan has 173 walks in 255 games with the Orioles.