MINNEAPOLIS — Rumor running rampant that Evans will be traded to the 0) Twins by tonight
MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Dwight Evans doesn't know where he'll be tomorrow, but he knows that there's a chance he won't be in a Baltimore Orioles uniform.
Left-hander Mike Flanagan is in the same situation, though his roots in the Orioles organization make him a sentimental choice jTC to stick around for a while.
Both are prominent on baseball's most-likely-to-be-traded list, which makes today an important day in each of their lives. It is the last day players can join a new roster and be eligible for postseason play.
Before the trading deadline passes at midnight, Evans could be a Minnesota Twin. That was the hot rumor around Minneapolis yesterday. Flanagan's name came up, too. What contending team wouldn't want a steady left-handed reliever or a proven clutch hitter for the final month of play?
For that matter, what veteran player wouldn't want to go from sixth place to the top of the standings on the same day?
"I don't have any control over the situation," Evans said, "but one of the reasons I came to Baltimore was because I thought we had a chance. If they decide to move me, I'd like to be with a contender. If anyone told me they didn't want to be on a contender, I'd question their baseball integrity. That's what it's all about."
Flanagan is more ambivalent. He has spent most of his professional career with the Orioles and wouldn't mind staying around for the final game at Memorial Stadium, but he knows that he may be more valuable to the club if he leaves. He has been through it before, going from the Orioles to the Toronto Blue Jays four years ago today for Jose Mesa and Oswald Peraza.
"I would have rather stayed here in 1987, too, but that turned out to be good for my career," Flanagan said. "I'd rather stay here if I had my druthers, but you just never know."
The Twins are believed to have made a bid for Evans, bureportedly felt the asking price was too high. The Orioles are thought to want more than a fringe minor-leaguer.
Flanagan also fits the needs of the Twins, who lead the American League West.
"There's no question, you don't want to be complacent," Twins GM Andy MacPhail told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "You also have to recognize that the type of roster that you want to go through 162 games with has different requirements than [when you're] playing a seven-game series with a couple of off days."
The Twins also are interested in San Diego Padres infielder Tim Teufel, a former Twin.
Orsulak less available
Though outfielder Joe Orsulak could provide an experienced and productive left-handed bat to a contending team, he is not likely to be going anywhere.
"He could possibly be that type of guy," manager John Oates said, "but from our standpoint, it would take a whole lot more to get Slack. He's not an if. If he's here, he'll play 125 games for you and hit .275 and play good defense.
L "He's also got a few more years left than those other guys."
Bill Ripken surgery minor
Second baseman Bill Ripken said that the surgery to remove a bone chip from his left ankle will be done on an outpatient basis and probably won't hobble him for more than a day or two.
"I plan to walk in and walk out," said Ripken, who will undergo surgery soon after the end of the season.
He has been playing with the bone chip for years and says that it is not particularly bothersome, but he has required cortisone shots to play on it this year.
Right-hander Mark Williamson will come off the disabled list, and Brady Anderson will return from the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings tomorrow. . . . Right-hander Mesa will throw today and could be eligible to pitch again Thursday. He is on the disabled list with a sore elbow.