Jammed shoulder takes Orsulak's sizzling bat out of lineup for while

Orioles notebook

September 03, 1991|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

TORONTO -- Joe Orsulak, who has raised his average 36 points (to .278) in his last 30 games, may not return to the Orioles' lineup until the weekend.

Orsulak was scratched yesterday because of a jammed right shoulder suffered Sunday in Minnesota. The injury occurred when Orsulak dove for a line drive by Brian Harper.

"If he can play Wednesday, he'll be in there against [Todd] Stottlemyre," said manager John Oates. "Otherwise he won't play until Friday."

Orsulak wouldn't have started against lefthander David Wells tonight. The Orioles are off Thursday, so Oates is hoping the outfielder won't have to miss more than one more start.

* DAVIS STRUGGLING: The re-introduction of Glenn Davis to the American League has been a struggle. Since missing almost four months with a neck and shoulder injury, Davis has hit only .152 (7-for-46) in the 13 games since his return. He was 0-for-5 yesterday and failed to advance six baserunners.

"He's been jumping at everything," said Oates. "They haven't thrown him a fastball in the strike zone in the last six games. It looks like he's pressing a little bit, trying to hit the ball hard every at-bat.

"He just has to get enough at-bats to relax and do what he's capable of doing."

* FOR THE DEFENSE: Despite a pair of errors yesterday, including the first of Chris Hoiles' major-league career, the Orioles are on a pace to set a record for defensive proficiency.

With 76 errors in 131 games, the Orioles are on a pace to make 93 for the season. That would give them three straight seasons with fewer than 100 errors. No team in baseball history has ever done that.

Hoiles had played 87 games (79 as a catcher, eight at first base) before being charged with a throwing error while Mookie Wilson was stealing second in the 10th inning yesterday.

* RARE GOPHER: When Kelly Gruber connected for a game-tying home run in the eighth inning yesterday, it was the first allowed by Todd Frohwirth since June 12.

The homer was only the second given up by the righthander in 74 1/3 innings this year. Danny Tartabull hit the other. In between, Frohwirth faced 274 batters.

* THIS 'N THAT: The Orioles had a strange looking box score yesterday. Three players (Mike Devereaux, Brady Anderson and Leo Gomez) had three hits apiece, but the team had only 10. Tim Hulett had the other.

Toronto pitchers struck out 13, with Chito Martinez going down four times and Randy Milligan three. Cal Ripken had six plate appearances, but only two official at-bats -- he had a sacrifice fly and three walks.

Turner Ward (obtained from Cleveland in the Tom Candiotti trade) had a second-inning single in his first at-bat for the Blue Jays. Shortstop Eddie Zosky, just recalled from Syracuse, made his debut three innings later, and singled in his first major-league at-bat.

Gruber's eighth-inning homer (15) was his first since Aug. 15. Gomez hit his 13th for the Orioles. He leads all AL rookies.

Bill Ripken got a second straight day off yesterday because Oates likes to restrict the second baseman's time on artificial turf. Hulett made his third start in the last 18 games. Juan Bell started Sunday in Minnesota.

The Orioles today recalled Frank de la Rosa from the International League Rochester Red Wings, where he was 4-1 with three saves and a 2.67 ERA in 38 games.

Blue Jays reliever Tom Henke is day-to-day with mild tendinitis in his right shoulder. Yesterday's crowd (50,314) was the 54th sellout in 69 dates at the SkyDome this year.

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