For the second time this year the Orioles had 26 players in uniform during pre-game practice last night. And for the second time, instead of making an expected roster move, the Orioles made an addition to their injury list.
Brady Anderson, who has been playing on almost a regular basis the last three weeks, suddenly turned up on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring muscle. The move appeared suspicious for a couple of reasons.
Anderson had played the previous 11 games, eight as a starter, despite a 3-for-36 slump and what had been described as a bothersome knee injury. When the move was not announced until minutes before game time, there was speculation an attempted deal had fallen through.
Manager John Oates and general manager Roland Hemond met 75 minutes before last night's game. The meeting was held to determine how to make room for reliever Todd Frohwirth, who had been purchased from Rochester and was already in uniform.
It didn't seem necessary for the Orioles to take all day to put Anderson on the disabled list, but Oates said it was the only move considered. "Brady is not 100 percent," said Oates, "and when he's not 100 percent you can't do anything with him.
"There was a ball last [Monday] night that he almost couldn't get to -- and with [Dwight] Evans healthy and available to play in the outfield, I felt he was a guy we could do without for a period of time."
Anderson's injury was diagnosed as being at the lower end of the hamstring, where the muscle is attached to the knee. He becomes the fifth Oriole on the disabled list, joining Glenn Davis, Craig Worthington, Dave Johnson and Ben McDonald.
* INJURY REPORT: Worthington is eligible to come off the disabled list a week from today, and it appears he will be ready to play by then. The third baseman was sidelined by a hamstring injury in Detroit May 20.
Johnson, who was part of the 26-man scenario 10 days agwhen David Segui was activated, won't be ready to return when he's eligible next week. "He hasn't thrown off a mound yet," said Oates. "Until he does, we won't know anything."
* WEANED ON TRIBE: Ever since his father took him to the second game of the 1954 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and New York Giants when he was 6 years old, Pete Herrmann has been an Indians fan. The Navy basketball coach showed up last night to check out the current edition of the Tribe.
"I've been following them all these years," Herrmann said, "and ,, they always finish last, or so it seems."
* ON THE MOVE: The Orioles' Instructional League team will not return to Frederick this year, said Doug Melvin, assistant general manager.
He said the decision to move the team after only one year was made because the NCAA reduced the number of games college baseball teams can play each season.
No decision has been made on where the team will play, Melvin said.
* TRIMMING DOWN: When Oates accepted the job as Orioles manager last Thursday, he weighed 183 pounds. The last time he weighed in, he was down to 174, the lightest he's been since he was catching for the Dodgers in 1977.
* A SKINNY SALUTE: The Oriole Advocates will honor Hal "Skinny" Brown at the eighth annual Orioles Hall of Fame luncheon June 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Among Brown's old teammates expected to attend are Dick Hall, Ron Hansen, Billy O'Dell and Jerry Walker.
Brown, who pitched for the Orioles from 1955-62, set a club record for consecutive shutout innings in one season (36) in 1961 that still stands. Gregg Olson's club-record string of 41 scoreless innings started in 1989 and ended last year.
Brown will be formally inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in a ceremony before the June 29 game with the Red Sox. For ticket information, call Richard Grubbs at 252-0268 or Jack Guthall at 252-6769.
* YESTERDAY: On May 28, 1978, Jim Palmer became the only pitcher in Orioles history to win 200 games. He blanked the Indians, 3-0, scattering eight hits.
* CAL'S .350 IN PERSPECTIVE: When Cal Ripken hiked his average to .350 with three hits Monday, he became one of six Orioles in the club's 38-year history to bat .350 or better this far into the season.
The others: Frank Robinson, .378 in 1970, .354 in 1969 and .351 in 1966; Ken Singleton, .368 in 1981; Bob Nieman, .367 in 1958; Al Bumbry, .351 in 1980; and Bob Boyd, .350 in 1957.