What part of Anderson is injured remains unclear

Orioles notes

May 30, 1991|By Alan Goldstein

There seems to be a bit of confusion over the injury that put outfielder Brady Anderson on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, opening a spot for middle reliever Todd Frohwirth, called up from the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings.

The official line was that Anderson, who had started eight of the previous 11 games, had a strained hamstring muscle.

"I thought it was his knee," said manager John Oates. "I knew Brady was having trouble running, and every time I'd see him in the clubhouse after a game, he had an ice pack on his knee.

"Whatever was hurting his legs, I think it affected his hittingBrady's game is speed, and basically he's a guy who is going to help you running, pinch hitting and playing defense. But lately he was having trouble making even routine plays in the outfield. It looked like he had a semi-limp."

Oates said he could not predict what he would do with Anderson and his .147 batting average when he was ready to come off the injured list.

"We'll have to wait and see," Oates said. "But I like the idea of having 11 pitchers. It gives me a lot more room to maneuver in the bullpen."

Diving rescue

Gregg Olson, who earned back-to-back saves for the first time this season, tipped his cap to right fielder Dwight Evans, whose tumbling catch robbed the Cleveland Indians' Albert Belle of a potential double leading off the ninth.

"That was a great catch," said Olson. "In the first month of the season, those balls were always falling in. Then they'd bunt a guy over, and I'd have men all over the bases. But now I'm starting to get my confidence back."

Heating up

Asked whether he remembered the previous time the Orioles had won a series, Oates said, "It was in Texas, but I don't remember if that was this year or last. All I remember was that it was a lot colder."

Sidewinder

Frohwirth, the newest Orioles reliever, who pitched a perfect inning in Tuesday's 5-2 victory over Cleveland and bailed Jeff Robinson out of an eighth-inning jam in last night's 2-1 win, says he became a sidearm pitcher quite by accident.

"Actually, I started out playing second base in high school an started throwing sidearm to imitate Manny Trillo," who was the second baseman on the Philadelphia Phillies 1980 championship team, Frohwirth said.

After hitting .220 his senior year, Frohwirth turned to pitching a Waukesha County Technical in Pewaukee, Wis., and continued his submarining style of throwing.

"I had a lot of trouble with my control in the minors," saiFrohwirth, who came into the majors with the Phillies. "I really didn't understand the mechanics of throwing sidearm. Every year, a new pitching coach tried to change me, but the guy who really helped was Kent Tekulve, when we were teammates in Philadelphia in 1987 and 1988."

The improved control didn't help Frohwirth stick in the majorsbut Oates remembered the lanky right-hander from the days he was a Cubs coach in 1988.

"Todd has the kind of arm that he can pitch an inning or tw almost every day," Oates said. "It's funny, but almost all the sidearmers are gone now. It might give him an advantage."

Frohwirth is the Orioles' first submarine pitcher since Dick Hyde in 1961.

Celebration

Cal Ripken, who began his consecutive-game streak nine years and 1,454 games ago, celebrated by hitting his 12th home run of the season in the fourth inning last night and also hitting a single and double to raise his average to .352. The homer tied him with Rob Deer and Dave Henderson for the league lead.

Tuning up

Orioles right-hander Dave Johnson, sidelined since May 17 with a groin pull, will try pitching from the mound for the first time today.

"The injury has calmed down, as far as inflammation goes, Johnson said. "I'm ready to test it and see how it goes. If it's not bothering me, I'll go harder the next time."

Oates said he would watch Johnson's progress and judge

whether he is ready to return to action by the Orioles' next homestand, a week from today.

Miscellaneous

The Orioles, who have the ninth pick in the 1991 free-agent draft Monday, announced the signing of two pitchers from last year's draft -- Matt Jarvis, a left-hander from Mesa (Ariz.) Community College, and Kevin Ryan, a right-hander from Seminole (Okla.) Junior College. . . . Utility man Jeff McKnight missed last night's game while attending the funeral of his grandmother in Bee Branch, Ark. He will rejoin the team in Boston today. . . . On June 19, the Orioles will turn back the clock for their game with Milwaukee. Fans will receive a 1966 Orioles cap, and 3,000 bleacher seats will be priced at 75 cents. Popcorn will go for 25 cents a box.

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