Ben McDonald will not pitch again this season after undergoing a battery of medical tests yesterday on his sore right shoulder.
The Baltimore Orioles have decided to shut down McDonald although the tests did not reveal any serious damage.
A CT scan and an arthrogram showed a small abnormality of a membrane in the shoulder. Team orthopedist Dr. Charles
Silberstein recommended rest.
"With this stage of the season, we'll take every precaution," said general manager Roland Hemond. "From what the doctor recommended, we'll not take unnecessary chances."
McDonald was scratched from his scheduled start Friday night against the Cleveland Indians when he failed to get loose while warming up in the bullpen.
"The pain was definitely worse than before," said McDonald, who had pitched through the tightness his previous two starts. "It stiffened up pretty good.
"I'm not going to throw any more until about mid-November. It's too bad. Lately, I was starting to throw the ball good. I didn't have my good fastball, and I learned I could finesse guys with my changeup and off-speed pitches."
The Orioles have been keeping a pitcher on call during that period in case McDonald couldn't pitch. Friday night, Anthony Telford took his place.
McDonald injured the shoulder Aug. 28 after he made a diving stop of a ball hit up the middle by the Toronto Blue Jays' Manuel Lee. He made the throw from his back while sprawled across the mound.
During his last four starts, he was consistently good, pitching at least six innings and allowing a total of 11 runs, striking out 18 and walking only five in 29 innings.
A pleasant surprise
Until Jim Poole joined the Orioles July 30, manager John Oates never had seen him pitch.
"I didn't have anything to go on," said Oates. "But we've got to like what we've seen. He's a battler, throws strikes and been a Todd Frohwirth from the other side for us."
Poole went four scoreless innings against the Indians on Friday night in his longest stint as an Oriole. His "hold" enabled the team to rally for a 5-4 victory.
Oates pulled him for Gregg Olson with one out in the ninth "because he had already gone long enough," Oates said. "That was plenty of pitches for a guy who was a one-inning pitcher at Rochester."
Only 17 of the 90 batters Poole has faced have reached base via a hit or walk.
Nickels to head scouting
The Orioles yesterday named Gary Nickels their scouting director.
Nickels has been the acting scouting director since last December, replacing John Barr, who left for a position with the San Diego Padres.
He joined the team in December of 1988 as the Midwest scouting supervisor and has been in scouting the past 20 years.
Cal Ripken needs 2 more multi-hit games to equal his career high. He had 63 in 1983, the world championship season. . . . Gregg Olson walked 3 batters Friday night for the first time in 88 games.
Cal Ripken needs 2 more multi-hit games to equal his career high. He had 63 in 1983, the world championship season. . . . Gregg Olson walked 3 batters Friday night for the first time in 88 games. He walked 4 on Aug. 10, 1990, at California. . . . Reggie Jefferson was removed from the Indians' starting lineup last night because of a tight hamstring. . . . The Indians play their final game at Memorial Stadium today. Their first was April 21, 1954, the first home night game for the Orioles. Cleveland won, 2-1, on a 2-run, ninth-inning homer by Larry Doby.