Bob Milacki finally gets a spot in the starting rotation tonight, and it will be in the Orioles' best interests if the righthander can hang around for a while.
The Orioles' bullpen has been depleted by injuries and overwork and the first line of relief tonight (7:35, Ch. 2) probably will be somebody who wasn't on the team plane headed for Detroit last night. A pitcher from Rochester will be added to the roster today, but whose place he will take remains to be seen.
David Segui, summoned hastily to Baltimore after Saturday night's game, was activated yesterday when righthander Dave Johnson suddenly turned up on the disabled list.
It's possible that Segui's stay will be brief and that he'll be the one returned to Rochester, but nobody was speculating after yesterday's 10-2 loss to California. "Nothing is guaranteed around here," said manager Frank Robinson. "We didn't put him [Segui] on the roster just for one day, but we still need a pitcher."
Todd Frohwirth and Roy Smith, both of whom were in spring training with the Orioles, would appear to be the leading candidates for a call-up. Anthony Telford might also be a possibility, but Robinson said he was "talking about a bullpen person" and not a starter.
Segui was brought in from Rochester after Mike Devereaux left Saturday night's game with a groin muscle pull. There was concern the injury might be force him on to the disabled list, but yesterday it was decided that move wasn't necessary.
Reliever Mark Williamson also left Saturday night's game with a groin injury -- and it was after that game that Johnson reported he'd been having some difficulty for the last three weeks.
"Segui was brought up with the idea that if he didn't go on the active list today he would go with us to Detroit, and if we hadn't activated him by then he would return to Rochester," Robinson said yesterday. When Johnson, and not Devereaux, went on the disabled list, Segui was activated for yesterday's game.
At this point it's anybody's guess whether Segui remains with the Orioles. If he does, the only logical scenario would be for him to play leftfield, since he's a better outfielder than Randy Milligan.
* RIP RISP: The Orioles continued their lethargy in the Runners In Scoring Position department over the weekend.
Milligan's sixth-inning RBI single yesterday broke an 0-for-16 streak in RISP situations for the Orioles. In the 4-2 loss to the Angels Saturday night, they were 2-for-16 with RISP. They went hitless in their last 12 such opportunities Saturday night and their first five yesterday.
* WALLY WONDER: It took Wally Joyner one pitch to extend his hitting streak to 15 games yesterday. The real wonder is that he wasn't able to pad his league-leading .383 average.
The bunt in the first inning was the only hit of the day for Joyner, who had three the night before and drove in all of California's runs in a 4-2 win.
* THIS 'N THAT: The Orioles' last 17 home runs have come with the bases empty -- the longest run of solo homers in club history.
Ex-Oriole Dave Gallagher had the first five-hit game of his career yesterday.
The opposition has recorded at least 10 hits against the Orioles in 18 of 34 games and scored 10 or more runs six times.
The Orioles have made 21 errors (three yesterday) and 11 of them have come with Jeff Ballard pitching. The three unearned runs he gave up yesterday bring the lefthander's tainted total to 13.