Third baseman Craig Worthington, recovered from a right hamstring injury, will report to the Rochester Red Wings today to begin a rehabilitation assignment.
"I'm fine," said Worthington, who has been taking batting an fielding practice at Memorial Stadium. "I'll probably be rusty at the start, but I'll go down and get some at-bats and be ready to come back."
Worthington had expressed a desire to sharpen his game nearb (in Hagerstown or Frederick) but said it really didn't matter.
"That was just because of the travel," he said. "But this will hel me, seeing better pitching. I never meant I regretted going to Rochester."
Manager John Oates said there is "no way of knowing" how lon Worthington would stay with the Red Wings, but the maximum period for a rehab is 20 days.
"I feel a whole lot better taking grounders," said Worthington "I've had this injury before so I know how to approach it."
No change for Davis
Much ado was made over the possibility that Glenn Davis would hit at the stadium yesterday, but he did not and nothing changed in his recovery plan.
"The medical staff thought it was better that he continue to swing under a controlled atmosphere," said Oates. "The therapist soft tosses to him and he hits with a light bat. That way, trained eyes rather than untrained eyes are on him."
Davis is working out at Children's Hospital as he continues th long road back from an injury to the spinal accessory nerve in his neck.
"The doctors thought it better that I continue my routine so don't get fatigued when I'm doing it," he said. "They think my muscles will respond better."
Oates said he plans to visit the hospital one day to watch th workout.
"I have a private therapist who monitors my every move," said Davis. "I'm still making improvement, but it's slow. But it won't be long before I'm out on the field." He takes 20 controlled swings per session and then does his exercises.
Simulated game for McDonald
Ben McDonald is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game today, but Oates said he will be restricted to "20 to 25 pitches."
"Ben threw well Monday. The glove was popped. The catche [Oates] made him look pretty good," deadpanned Oates.
McDonald, who has been bothered by a sore elbow since late i spring training, will pitch in another simulated game if he passes this test.
After that he, too, may be headed for a rehab assignment as th Orioles take it slowly with him.
No. 3 pick agrees
The Orioles have signed their third-round selection in the amateur draft, shortstop-outfielder Alex Ochoa from Hialeah Miami Lakes High School.
Ochoa was a Class 4A All-State center fielder, who batted .41 with 32 stolen bases.
Also signed were No. 6 Daniel Fregoso of Catalina (Ariz.) Hig School and No. 9 Chris Lemp of Sacramento City College, both right-handed pitchers.
Seven of the team's first 10 picks have signed.
NOTES: Oates said outfielder Dwight Evans was "playable" yesterday, but he wanted to "wait one more day before starting him. "We'll try to protect it a little more and get him to feeling real good. We'll pick the spots." Evans is bothered by a sore Achilles' tendon. . . . Brady Anderson is running on his injured knee and is "getting closer" to activation, according to Oates. . . . The Orioles have used 48 different lineups in 55 games, including 16 under Oates. . . . Assistant general manager Frank Robinson watched his first game from general manager Roland Hemond's box last night.