Davis improving return uncertain

Orioles notebook

May 17, 1991|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

Glenn Davis and his wife Teresa met with Orioles officials and team orthopedic specialist Dr. Charles Silberstein for about 90 minutes yesterday.

Afterward there was nothing major to report. Davis will continue his rehabilitation program for another two weeks before another re-evaluation by Silberstein.

The purpose of yesterday's meeting was to review the various medical reports from doctors who have examined Davis. Although Silberstein reported substantial improvement in Davis' shoulder strength, there is still no timetable for the first baseman's possible return.

"Everybody agrees on the injury [to the spinal accessory nerve in the neck]," said manager Frank Robinson, who attended the session, "but nobody can say how long it will take to recover. We just have to wait and see."

Davis revealed that he had been soft-tossing baseballs, but has been advised to forgo that activity, at least for the time being. He admitted that he had tossed baseballs as a minor test.

"I'm just tired of not being able to do anything," he said. "I'm human; I'm frustrated."

But throwing, even tossing, a baseball is not part of the current rehabilitation program. "It's the worst thing he could do," said Robinson, "but I know what he's going through. It's the anxiety."

It is possible that Davis' exercise regimen will be modified, but it's obvious he is still in the early recovery stage.

* A MATTER OF TIMING: Through the first two games of the series against the A's, the Orioles had seven homers and nine runs.

Last night, by the time they had four hits, the A's had scored seven times.

* THIS 'N THAT: Cal Ripken had a pair of singles in last night's 11-6 loss to the A's, raising his average to .351 and his multiple-hit games to 15, tops in the majors.

Orioles starting pitchers have failed to last five innings in 12 of 31 games. In five games this year, the A's have outscored the Orioles 38-20.

The three-game series against the A's took 10 hours and 20 minutes to complete, with running times of 3:22, 3:27 and 3:31. Longer, obviously, is not better for the Orioles.

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