Bill Ripken will go to Frederick tonight to begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Class A Keys.
"The plan is to send him there to DH and then possibly to Hagerstown to play second base the following night," said Baltimore Orioles manager John Oates. "Glenn [Davis] will be DHing in Hagerstown."
Ripken is on the disabled list with strained muscles in the rib-cage area. The Orioles thought he might be ready to play by now, but the problem has come and gone, then returned again.
"He agrees that it will be a whole lot better go out and test this thing," said Oates. "That way, if it re-occurs, we won't lose him for 15 days again. If he happens to re-do it there, he will already be on rehab."
The defeat was the fifth in a row for the Orioles and put them 24 games under .500 for the first time since 1988. They have lost 9 of their past 10 at home and are 1-6 on the current homestand. . . . Lost in the excitement was a great second-inning play by Mike Devereaux, who leaped above the fence to rob Frank Thomas of a second home run in the game. Devereaux reached over the fence and got a glove on the ball but couldn't hold it. He was able to knock the ball back onto the field. Thomas wound up with a double. . . . Oates does not know yet who his pitcher will be in the second game of tomorrow night's doubleheader, but Stacy Jones remains the top candidate. . . . Ramon Garcia, who started Saturday night for the White Sox, was optioned to Class AAA Vancouver yesterday to make room for Alvarez on the White Sox roster. . . . Dave Johnson is 0-4 in 5 lifetime starts against Chicago. They are batting .472 with 6 home runs against him.