Telford didn't expect to be called up"Whatever it takes...

Orioles notes Patti Singer of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle contributed to this article.

August 27, 1991|By Kent Baker

Telford didn't expect to be called up

"Whatever it takes," he said. "It's just good to be back."

Rhodes more settled

Tonight will be the home debut of highly touted Arthur Rhodes, and he hopes to be "a little more settled" than he was at Texas last week.

In his first major-league start, Rhodes wild-pitched two runs home and allowed three in four innings to the Rangers.

"I've never been that nervous before out there," he said. "My mom and dad were there, and you're always nervous the first time. I'll be calmed down."

"That's the biggest thing he has to do," said manager John Oates. "Even at that, he kept us in the ball game at Texas."

Pitching at Memorial Stadium will be nothing new for Rhodes. Last season as a member of the Frederick Keys, he beat the Peninsula Pilots here, 8-1, striking out nine batters in seven innings.

"I was kind of surprised I came up," said Rhodes. "I thought maybe the beginning of September. But I didn't have my mind set about going to Rochester one way or another."

Rhodes came directly to the Orioles from the Class AA Hagerstown Suns, who are headed for the Eastern League playoffs.

"I hope they win," he said. "I'd like to get another [championship] ring."

Mesa's problem minor

The inflamed elbow that sent Mesa to the disabled list has been bothering him since last month, but Mesa has pitched through the trouble.

"The last time I pitched in Rochester I went eight innings and through a rain delay," said Mesa. "It was there then, but I could pitch."

The disabling was made retroactive to Aug. 21, so Mesa may miss only two starts.

"The doctor doesn't think it's anything serious," he said. "It's a little better today."

Mercedes suspended

International League president Randy Mobley suspended Luis Mercedes for the remainder of the season after the Rochester outfielder threw his batting helmet at a Syracuse Chiefs player Saturday.

"There's no question the punishment that's been levied is severe," Mobley said. "I would be the first to acknowledge that. I would hope it's severe enough to get the point across that it's not something we can tolerate."

The Orioles have not yet decided what action they will take, and if it would affect a September call-up, assistant general manager Doug Melvin said.

The incident took place in the fifth inning, when Mercedes was returning to the Red Wings third-base-side dugout at Syracuse's MacArthur Stadium. Mercedes stopped in front of Chiefs third baseman Tom Quinlan. It appeared Mercedes was responding to a comment, and after the two exchanged words, Mercedes threw his batting helmet into Quinlan's face.

Quinlan sustained a fractured tooth.

"Luis is extremely remorseful, not only to the people of Syracuse, but to the people of Rochester," Mercedes' agent, Michael Powers, said. He said Mercedes has written apologies to Quinlan and the Chiefs' management.

Mercedes was second in the IL in batting with a .334 average, 11 points behind Syracuse's Derek Bell.


The trade-rumor mill is grinding again, with Joe Orsulak the focal point. "Very seldom is a player untouchable," said Oates. "If someone comes up with an offer, you've got to listen." But the Orioles do not appear ready to trade Orsulak, who entered last night with a 21-game hitting streak, 1 shy of the club record. He was not in the starting lineup. . . . The Blue Jays could be the first team to draw more than 4 million fans at home this season. They are at 3,297,217 through 67 dates at SkyDome and need to average slightly more than 50,000 a game through the final 14.

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