KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Baltimore Orioles placed second baseman Bill Ripken on the 15-day disabled list yesterday and recalled utility man Shane Turner from the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings to take his place on the roster.
The move came as a surprise to no one. Manager John Oates speculated Tuesday that the strained rib cage muscle suffered by Ripken was significant enough to require a roster move. The versatile Turner was the logical choice to replace him, since utility man Juan Bell will be playing regularly at second base.
Turner, a minor-league journeyman who played 13 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1988, was batting .285 with 44 RBI in 83 Class AAA games this year.
Ripken apparently suffered the strain during the four-game series in Oakland, Calif., last weekend. He first felt it on the flight to Anaheim and aggravated it during batting practice on Monday night.
Segui day to day
The way David Segui crumpled to the ground on Tuesday night, Oates was afraid that he had broken his ankle. But Segui was on his feet yesterday and said he would be available to pinch hit if necessary.
"It's pretty sore, but I can deal with the pain," he said.
Segui was wearing high-top baseball shoes, which are supposed to provide ankle support, but he sprained the ankle when his spikes caught while he was pulling up between first and second base on a single.
McKnight has surgery
Utility man Jeff McKnight underwent surgery on Tuesday night to repair ligament damage in his left (non-throwing) shoulder.
Dr. James Andrews performed the arthroscopic procedure in Birmingham, Ala. McKnight, who had been on the disabled list with a sprained wrist, will not be able to swing a bat for at least eight weeks.
Tuesday night in review
The California Angels got even for Monday's dramatic comeback by the Orioles with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night, scoring a 2-1 victory to salvage a split of the two-game series at Anaheim Stadium.
Right-hander Jeff Robinson pitched his best game of the year, giving up just two hits over seven innings, but a leadoff walk to Dave Parker and an error by second baseman Bell would lead to his eighth loss in 12 decisions.
Angels left-hander Mark Langston went all the way, scattering five hits in his 13th victory.
The game was decided on a disputed play with two outs in the eighth. The Angels had runners at first and third, and Mike Flanagan was on the mound for the Orioles when former Oriole Dave Gallagher hit a shot down the third-base line.
Third baseman Leo Gomez made a diving staff and got to make a one-hop throw to first. Umpire Terry Craft signaled safe, though the video replay appeared to show the ball beating Gallagher by a couple of feet. Gary Gaetti scored on the play to break a 1-1 tie.
Gaetti reached base when Bell was late to cover first on a sacrifice bunt attempt and then dropped the throw from Robinson for an error. Reliever Mark Williamson also complicated matters with a wild pitch that moved Gaetti into scoring position.
Entering last night's game, the Orioles pitching staff had given up an average of 1.5 runs over the past 4 games, but the club won only 2 of the 4 games. . . . The Orioles have lost only 1 of 8 road series under Oates. . . . Dwight Evans, who did not start last night, is hitless in 8 at-bats since he returned from the DL. . . . Brady Anderson's stolen base on Monday night was his first since May 20.