Glenn Davis took another step along his comeback trail yesterday, but there is still no definite timetable for his return to the Orioles lineup.
The injured first baseman swung against "live" (as opposed to batting practice) pitching for the first time and also worked out extensively at first base.
"It was another test in my rehabilitation and I passed with flying colors," said Davis. "Pretty soon I'm going to graduate."
Davis hit against lefthander Kevin Hickey, who is working out with the Orioles in hopes of landing another job. "I felt good," said Davis. "I swung through [missed] some pitches which I hadn't done before. And I worked on some game situation plays in the field.
"There are things I have to get conditioned to -- train muscles to react to situations. I still have some things to do," said Davis, "but I want to play. I'm anxious to show people I can play. It will be a big day in my life [when he returns]."
Davis is close to three weeks into the "two- to four-week" timetable for a rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues, but wouldn't venture an opinion on his return. "I'm feeling good, but nothing's going to happen in the next couple of days," he said.
"He's getting closer," was all manager John Oates would say. "He's closer than he was last week."
All signs still point to a possible rehabilitation stint in either
Hagerstown or Frederick (or both) sometime next week.
* GUN OF NAVARRO: Jaime Navarro pitched his seventh complete game of the year (behind only the nine by Chicago's Jack McDowell) and raised his lifetime record against the Orioles to 5-0 in Milwaukee's 4-2 win last night.
"Ever since I've been here we haven't done anything against him," said Oates. "Even though some guys have had success against him, we haven't been able to do anything as a team. He never cracks."
Navarro (9-9) allowed nine hits, one less than loser Ben McDonald (5-6) gave up in 7 1/3 innings. The complete game was the 15th of the year for the Brewers. The Orioles have three.
* HOT BREWERS: Willie Randolph and Darryl Hamilton both had run-producing singles in the fifth inning last night and both are wielding hot bats for the Brewers.
Hamilton has hit in a career-high 11 straight games (24-for-50, .480) while Randolph has a 10-
game streak going (18-for-41, .439).
The Brewers stole only two bases, in as many attempts, against McDonald, but their running game was much in evidence against the big righthander. They had runners in motion on singles by Paul Molitor and Randolph in the fifth inning and the two stolen bases (Franklin Stubbs in the second and Hamilton in the fifth) led directly to runs.
"We got some counts in our favor and did some running," said Milwaukee manager Tom Treblehorn. "There was a lot of activity for scoring only four runs, but it was enough."
* THIS 'N THAT: Lefthander Jim Poole made his fifth scoreless appearance for the Orioles, striking out two in one inning.
Chris Hoiles had his six-game hitting streak stopped. Cal Ripken's RBI double in the third inning was his 30th of the year. His career-high for two-base hits is 47 in 1983, when he led the league.
Joe Orsulak recorded his 12th outfield assist, a career-high and the most by an Oriole since Paul Blair had 14 in 1973. Chito Martinez left the game in the fourth inning because of a slightly strained left hamstring muscle.