McDonald to try simulated game

June 12, 1991

Ben McDonald, who threw for 12 minutes Monday and felt no pain in his right elbow, will throw 20 to 25 pitches in a simulated game before tonight's Orioles-Royals game.

"It's like he's beginning spring training again," Orioles manager John Oates said.

* Third baseman Craig Worthington (hamstring pull) is reporting to Triple A Rochester today to begin a rehabilitation assignment. His successor at third, Leo Gomez, is 6-for-17 in five games since being recalled from Rochester.

* Oates wants to rest 39-year-old Dwight Evans as much as possible until his strained Achilles' tendon heals. The manager reasons that whenever the Orioles face a tough righthanded pitcher like Mark Gubicza, who mesmerized them last night, it's a good time to give Evans a night off.

* Cal Ripken was replaced at shortstop by Juan Bell in the ninth inning of last night's 11-0 loss to Kansas City. That marked the sixth time this season he has left a game early and the 25th time during his consecutive game streak that now stands at 1,466. He went 0-for-3, trimming his AL-leading average to .347.

* All of the 3,400 bleacher seats that went on sale for a mere 75 cents for Turn Back the Clock Day June 19 have been snapped up. A total of 31,000 tickets have been sold for the day that will feature events to make it seem like 1966, when the Orioles won their first pennant and World Series.

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