Tendinitis keeps Jones at arm's length from...

Orioles minor-league notes

September 05, 1991|By Patti Singer

HAGERSTOWN — Tendinitis keeps Jones at arm's length from call-up

Rochester Red Wings pitcher Stacy Jones attributes his tendinitis to a cold room, not to his longest appearance of the season. The injury may prevent him from rejoining the Baltimore Orioles this month.

Jones started Aug. 25 against the Syracuse Chiefs and pitcheseven innings.

"I only threw 80-some pitches," he said. "That had nothing to do with it."

The next morning, Jones said, he couldn't raise his arm.

By this week, he had recovered enough to play catch.

"It's up to them if they want me to go up and work out," Jonesaid. "There's nothing I can do except take my medication and do what the trainer says."

He isn't expected to throw off a mound for another week. Jones0-0 with a 4.09 ERA in four games for the Orioles, finished his Class AAA season 4-4 with eight saves and a 3.38 ERA.

If the Orioles don't bring him back, Jones said, he'd like to go tthe Instructional League.

"The object is to get better," he said. "It doesn't matter wheryou do it."

* Jeff Ballard, called up by the Orioles yesterday, pitched his third complete game in seven starts when he defeated the Chiefs, 4-2, on seven hits Monday. "In the big leagues, they don't give you a chance to

throw nine," he said. "Down here, that was a matter of pride."

Ballard allowed 20 hits in 50 at-bats (.440 batting average) in his first two Rochester starts. In his next five starts, International League batters hit .264 against him.

* Infielders Tommy Shields and Shane Turner played all nine positions in last night's season finale against Syracuse. Both pitched an inning in Rochester's 8-0 victory. The Red Wings believe that never before in pro baseball have more than one person played all nine positions in the same game.

* Mike Mussina was named IL Most Valuable Pitcher and startinpitcher on the All-Star team. He finished second in the league in ERA at 2.87. OF Luis Mercedes was named IL Rookie of the Year and an All-Star. Mercedes, suspended last week for throwing his batting helmet at an opponent, finished second in hitting at .334.

* MISCELLANEOUS: Chito Martinez, who led the IL in homers with 20 when he was called up to Baltimore on July 5, dropped to second place 2 days from the end of the season. Pawtucket's Rick Lancellotti hit 2 Monday, giving him 21. . . . 2B Mark McLemore has 13 hits and 6 RBI in his past 29 at-bats and has raised his average from .251 to .278.

The Suns were successful in 1991 on the field and at the gate.

They made the Class AA Eastern League playoffs for the first time in three Class AA seasons, finishing in second place with an 81-59 record.

And they set the franchise record with a total attendance of 193,433 for 68 dates, an average of 2,845. That was fourth in the league.

The team's postseason appearance is the first since 1986 in the Class A Carolina League. Its only title came in that league 10 years ago.

At home, the Suns finished with the franchise's second-best record, 48-22, one game behind 1986's showing.

Two Suns made the EL All-Star team -- Arthur Rhodes, now with the Orioles, and second baseman Rod Lofton. Rhodes was named EL Pitcher of the Year.

* MISCELLANEOUS: Oswald Peraza, scheduled to start Game 5 of the playoff series against Albany-Colonie if the game is necessary, set a Class AA record with 13 strikeouts against New Britain in his final start. He allowed 3 hits and 1 run in 8 innings. . . . Lofton led the league with 56 stolen bases and finished as the Suns' leading hitter (.284). Doug Robbins hit .304 but was 15 plate appearances shy of qualifying for the batting title. The team topped the league in average at .271.

Kent Baker


The Keys struggled to a 58-82 overall record, the worst in their three-year existence, but did well at the box office.

* By playing four more dates

(68-64) than the Durham Bulls, they set a Carolina League total attendance record, 318,354.

Durham finished with 301,240 and a better average (4,707-4,682). Last season, the Keys had the better average, the Bulls more overall attendance.

The Keys, league titlists in 1990, could have won the second-half 1991 title but ended at 32-38, five games behind Lynchburg.

* MISCELLANEOUS: Brent Miller, called up to replace Mel Wearing in late July, hit 10 HRs in August. . . . P Brad Pennington finished with 11.96 strikeouts per 9 innings, third-highest among all minor-leaguers. He had 13 saves in half a season. . . . SS ## Manny Alexander, who went to Hagerstown late last month, led the club in games, at-bats, hits and runs and was third in the league in steals with 47. Teammate Damon Buford was second with 50. . . . The team's unsung hero was P Rob Blumberg, who was 7-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) after arriving in mid-July. . . . Kip Yaughn (155) and Chuck Ricci (144) were second and fourth, respectively, in the league strikeout race. Ricci made the most starts (29) and tied for third in wins (12). Yaughn and Ricci will play in the Australian winter league starting next month.

Kent Baker

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