G. Davis encouraged by his early response to treatment

Orioles notebook

April 10, 1992|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer1

Glenn Davis isn't sure when he'll return to the Orioles lineup, but he feels better with each passing day.

Davis, the Orioles first baseman, met briefly with the media before last night's game with the Cleveland Indians and said the treatment for muscle spasms and inflammation is working well.

"I've been undergoing extensive therapy," said Davis. "After one day's treatment, I could feel the difference."

Davis took himself out of Wednesday's first night game at Oriole Park, complaining of spasms in the rib-cage muscle under his left shoulder blade.

Davis did not travel to Toronto for today's series opener and likely will not play before the Red Sox series, starting Monday in Boston.

"It's better to take a few days off than aggravating it and really doing some damage," said Davis. "The encouraging part to me is to know that it's just going to be a few games."

* OUCH: Leo Gomez, who went tumbling hard into second base, attempting to break up a double play in the seventh inning, said he was fine afterward.

Gomez had a bag of ice on his right knee, which he landed on, but said he doesn't expect to miss any time.

* DEMPSEY UPDATE: Catcher Rick Dempsey, who was not offered a contract to start the regular season, met with club president Larry Lucchino before last night's game to discuss his status with the club.

Dempsey, who was invited to try out with the team in spring training, is still in uniform and sits in the Orioles dugout, but only with the approval of the opposition's manager.

"It's better than nothing," said Dempsey.

Ultimately, if he is to continue with the team on a non-roster basis, Dempsey's status must be cleared up with the American League office.

Dempsey is hoping to latch on with a major-league team looking for catching help, but so far, has had no luck.

He cannot act as a bullpen catcher here, since Sammy Snyder is the designated bullpen receiver and no team can have more than one.

Dempsey said the front office is negotiating with the league to determine what his role would be.

"They're trying to designate with the league what I can do," said Dempsey. "We're going to have another meeting in Boston when I think it will all be worked out."

* WIMPY WHO? Orioles manager John Oates was asked yesterday about pitchers who gave him trouble throughout his 11-year major-league career.

Oates, a lefthanded hitter, said two southpaws, Jon Matlack of the New York Mets and Texas and Fred Norman of Cincinnati had his number.

Of Matlack, Oates said, "If I ever hit the ball, I was safe because I was touching first."

And then there was Wimpy Powers, who pitched for Thomasdale High, near where Oates grew up in southern Virginia.

"The summer of my senior year in high school when I played American Legion ball, I couldn't hit anything off him," said Oates. "I didn't want any parts of Wimpy Powers. Wimpy's probably changing tires someplace now."

* WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson, of Middle River, will get the Opening Day start Saturday for Edmonton, the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, when the Trappers meet the Portland Beavers.

Meanwhile, the Indians signed former Orioles third baseman Craig Worthington to a Triple-A contract with their team in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"If he starts hitting again, he might help us," said Dan O'Dowd, the Indians director of player development.

Worthington drove in 70 runs in his rookie season with the Orioles in 1989, then saw his numbers tail off dramatically in the next two seasons.

He lost his battle with Gomez for the starting third-base slot last season, and was sent to Triple-A Rochester in June on a rehabilitation assignment, for a right hamstring pull injury.

Worthington never returned to the parent club and was traded to San Diego in the offseason for pitcher Jim Lewis.

When the Padres obtained Gary Sheffield before Opening Day, Worthington asked for a trade, but instead was released.

Worthington's term of duty with the Orioles was plagued by poor work habits, a reputation he will have to shake to catch on in Cleveland.

"We've told Craig his work habits stink," said O'Dowd. "If you want to get back to the big leagues, you've got to go to work."

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