Reunion trade is fond daydream for Storm Davis
When Storm Davis was exiled to the Kansas City Royals bullpen last month, he expressed a desire to go elsewhere.
"I didn't demand it," the former Baltimore Oriole said yesterday. "What I said was if they wanted to trade me, that would be fine."
Yesterday, he said it would be even finer if he were traded to his old team, so he could be re-united with brother Glenn.
"I would love to come back here," said Storm Davis. "I still think I can start and help somebody out, and to finish my career in Baltimore would be a dream."
Davis will make a spot start tonight against the Chicago White Sox because Tom Gordon is to undergo laser surgery for hemorrhoids and Bret Saberhagen is bothered by tendinitis in his right shoulder.
But, basically, he has been confined to mop-up roles under new Royals manager Hal McRae -- on the advice of pitching coach Pat Dobson -- making five relief appearances since May 24.
"I've been content in relief," said Davis. "I came to accept and adjust to it. At first I didn't like it at all because after five years you get used to starting. And starting pitchers sometimes see this as a demotion.
"I understand the problem is too many starters. But I'm only 29, and my salary is not as large as some.
"Glenn and I have talked about playing together again. That would be great."
Oates watches Davis' therapy
Orioles manager John Oates visited Children's Hospital yesterday to see Glenn Davis' therapy firsthand and called the session "an education to me. I got tired and left."
Davis is swinging a fungo bat and soon will begin swinging lightweight regular bats -- but no throwing.
"He puts himself through a pretty good workout," said Oates. "But even now you can tell the difference between his right side and left side.
"He has to strengthen the muscles before he can do anything. Right now they've told him not to do any throwing at all. Underhanded is all he can do."
Memories for Whitt
Ernie Whitt will be flooded with memories when he steps into SkyDome tonight, his first appearance in Toronto since the Blue Jays traded him to the Atlanta Braves in December 1989.
The last of the original Blue Jays, Whitt spent nearly 12 years in Canada. He received two standing ovations in Dunedin, Fla., Toronto's spring home, when the Orioles played there in March.
"It's more than just another team to me," said Whitt. "I'll be seeing a lot of old friends and bringing back many memories. The fans were very supportive and patient in the lean years, then became a little more harsh once we were established as contenders. That was understandable."
Whitt said his biggest regret was in 1987 when he sat on the bench with cracked ribs in the final week while the Blue Jays blew the American League East title to the Detroit Tigers.
"No question that was probably the top disappointment of my career," he said. "But I feel very fortunate to have played so long there."
Anderson near return
Outfielder Brady Anderson is running well on his injured knee and said he expects to be back "very soon. I'll be real disappointed if I'm not."
Oates said: "He's flying, but it still hurts. We'll wait."
Anderson's game is based on speed, and Oates does not want to reactivate him unless he is certain Anderson can steal a base and play unimpaired defense.
"There are a lot of things they use me for because of that," said Anderson. "I'm pretty close. Actually, I expected to be 100 percent by now."
Eight more signed
The Orioles yesterday signed eight more players from the free-agent draft, including 13th-round pick James Audley, an outfielder who batted .329 for national college runner-up Wichita State.
Also agreeing were OF Curtis Goodwin (12th round), C Troy Tallman (19th), 1B Jeremy Wingert (21st), OF Glen Tatro (24th), P David Forney from Anne Arundel Community College (26th), OF Basilio Ortiz (30th) and P Scott Conner (34th).
The total of signees is now 25 of 48, including seven of the first 10 choices.
The Orioles will wear their 1966 uniforms Monday during batting practice as a sneak preview for "Turn Back The Clock Day" Wednesday. . . . Oates said Wednesday's comeback from an 8-1 deficit into a tie "can carry over to the future. But I don't think the fans come out to watch character, and the players don't play for character. We're not out there to battle to the last out. We're out there to win."