Poole looks stiff in brief stint

Extra innings

March 21, 1992|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jim Poole pitched one scoreless inning in his second appearance of the spring yesterday, but the results were inconclusive.

When he was asked how it went, the left-hander shrugged and said, "No runs."

He didn't appear to be throwing freely while warming up, and manager John Oates termed the performance "so-so." Sidelined for three weeks because of shoulder tendinitis, Poole is considerably behind the other relievers with only two weeks left in the preseason.

"I'm not sure if his arm is in the right position or not," said Oates. "We'll have to re-evaluate him to see how he's feeling. Up until now neither he nor [Todd] Frohwirth have looked sharp. I haven't seen what I saw last year."

The Orioles are not overly concerned about two key members of their bullpen brigade from last year, but it's safe to say the pair will be closely monitored the rest of the way.

With the exception of Richie Lewis and Poole, the other relievers have been on the mound at least three times each. If Poole is not sound before Opening Day, Dennis Rasmussen could move into his spot as a left-handed middle reliever.

But Oates is not ready to reach a hasty conclusion. "I want to make sure he's not pitching through any soreness," said the manager. "If he says he's OK, then we'll just get him working to get his arm in a good position."

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