Davis' rehab assignment should be soon and somewhere close
Glenn Davis moved closer to a rehabilitation assignment yesterday with another live batting-practice session at Memorial Stadium.
Baltimore Orioles' manager John Oates said Davis "has been working with his glove, arm, legs and bat. I'd say within a week he'll go somewhere."
General manager Roland Hemond confirmed that Davis' rehab "should be very soon. He was pleased again today that he is progressing."
The somewhere will not be Rochester to play with the Class AAA Red Wings. Oates said "we'll send him to one of those places that are close."
That means when Davis is ready, he will play at Hagerstown or Frederick, whichever club is at home and more convenient at the time. That is the Class AA Suns at the moment because they are on a 10-day homestand.
With pitcher Kevin Hickey calling the pitches, Davis hit for about 12 minutes, and Oates said he "swung the bat pretty good. We'll talk later as to where we go from here."
Evans gets a start
Dwight Evans was in the Orioles starting lineup last night against Charlie Hough although Oates had left-handed hitters available.
"He's about the only guy who's hit over .200 against Charlie," said Oates. "We've got eight under .200. Brady [Anderson] and Joe [Orsulak] are both under."
Oates pointed to the line drive Evans hit back to Hough Sunday with two runners on in the eighth as an example of one of the few balls hit hard in their first meeting.
Only in a pinch
Tim Hulett has been working out as the third Orioles catcher, but Oates said he would be used behind the plate "only to finish a ball game, if we have to pinch run for the catchers."
Don't look for Hulett to start.
"It'll always be an emergency if we use him," said Oates. "He's not a guy you open a ball game with."
No Bo this weekend
Bo Jackson continues to take live batting practice with the White Sox, but there is no chance he will be activated for this series.
Jackson is still limping as he recovers from the hip injured suffered while playing for the Los Angeles Raiders, but has vowed he will return to the baseball field this season.
Oates has not yet named his second starter for Tuesday's doubleheader against Texas.
"Bob Milacki will pitch the first game. What happens this weekend will have a lot to do with who pitches the second," said Oates, who has named rookie Stacy Jones as one possibility.
The Orioles are offering a special discount on general admission tickets for the doubleheader. They will be priced at $3.75, a dollar lower than normal.
Ron Kittle returned to Memorial Stadium as a member of his original team last night and said: "I didn't know I was ever here. Did I play here?" Kittle was not offered a contract after last winter. . . . Nothing new developed on Bill Ripken's status. "Same as yesterday," said Oates. "It comes and goes." Ripken has a rib-cage injury. . . . Chito Martinez was available for hitting duties but is a day or 2 away from playing in the outfield. . . . Australian Clayton Byrne, signed during the winter from the Perth team which has a working agreement with the Orioles, is batting .306 for the Bluefield Orioles in the Appalachian League. . . . Today is Simulation Saturday at the new ballpark. Groups of fans will be touring the park, offering suggestions to Orioles officials. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m.