Davis has exams in Calif., N.Y.; doctors positive, Hemond 0) says
NEW YORK -- First baseman Glenn Davis joined the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium yesterday after a medical mission that included examinations in Southern California and New York.
Davis visited Los Angeles back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins for the second time since he was placed on the disabled list April 26 with a damaged nerve in his neck. Then he came to New York, where he was evaluated yesterday by neurologist Dr. Andrew Weiland at the Cornell University Hospital for Special Surgery.
The timing of the trip left room to wonder whether Davis' rehabilitation program still is moving forward at a satisfactory rate, since the club visits the West Coast next week. But general manager Roland Hemond said that everything is going well.
"The doctors were encouraged and pleased to see the progress that's being made in the shoulder," Hemond said. "I don't mean that he's ready to play, but he's getting his strength back."
Hemond said that Davis would make the West Coast trip and visit Watkins again next week, the two visits giving the back specialist a chance to monitor Davis' progress more closely.
Davis visited doctors in Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York and Cleveland during his medical fact-finding tour in May. He underwent an extensive neurological evaluation at Cornell University Hospital, where doctors contradicted an earlier recommendation that he undergo surgery to correct the problem.
Since then, he has worked to regain strength in his right shoulder, but still has no timetable for his return from the disabled list.
Martinez stays hot
Tight fielder Chito Martinez had his second straight two-hit game yesterday. He has hit safely in all three major-league games he has appeared in, batting .385 (5-for-13).
Yankees put R. Kelly on DL
The New York Yankees placed outfielder Roberto Kelly on the disabled list with a sprained right wrist and recalled 22-year-old outfielder Bernie Williams from the Class AAA Columbus Clippers. Williams was in the starting lineup for yesterday's game.
Evans likely to return Thursday
The Orioles are planning to activate right fielder Dwight Evans in time for Thursday's game.
"That was the plan," Hemond said. "That's why he didn't play in this series. The doctors thought it would be better to take advantage of the three days off [for the All-Star break]. But I imagine that [manager John Oates] will want to see Evans work out on Wednesday before we made a decision."
Room will have to be made on the roster, where newcomer Martinez, second baseman Juan Bell and left-handed relievers Paul Kilgus and Kevin Hickey appear to be vulnerable.
Robinson probable for Thursday
Right-hander Jeff Robinson, who left his last start Friday witsoreness in his hip, is the tentative starter for the first game of the second half.
"If he's healthy, he'll pitch Thursday," Oates said.
Robinson said he doesn't think that's a big if. He said that he'll be ready, even though the hip soreness has gotten progressively worse with each of his past three starts.
"I think the break will help," he said. "I'll only be getting one extra day of rest, but I won't be running or throwing the next three days."
The rotation for the four-game series against the Oakland Athletics also includes Ben McDonald on Friday, Bob Milacki on Saturday and Roy Smith on Sunday.
No quick return for Johnson
Right-hander Dave Johnson pitched well again yesterday for the Class AA Hagerstown Suns, giving up two hits in six shutout innings, but he'll probably have to wait awhile for an opening in the Orioles rotation.
"He was out a long time," Hemond said, "and we will have the pitching staff rested after the break."
The rotation is set through Sunday, but the club's pitching plans are subject to review during the All-Star break.
Home run derby
Cal Ripken will take part in the All-Star home-run contest today at SkyDome, where the pre-All-Star festivities will get under way with a skills competition.
Ripken will join an American League quartet that also includes Danny Tartabull, Joe Carter and Cecil Fielder. The National League contingent is Paul O'Neill, Chris Sabo, Howard Johnson and George Bell.
The Orioles (33-47, .413) enter the All-Star break with the fifth-worst record in club history. The only years they were worse off were 1955 (23-55, .295), 1988 (28-59, .322), 1954 (31-51, .378), and 1987 (35-53, .398).