Davis can leave DL return uncertain

Orioles notes

April 22, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- First baseman Glenn Davis is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list today, but there still is no timetable for his return to the Orioles lineup.

Davis has been out of action since Opening Day with muscle spasms and soreness below his left shoulder blade. He went on the disabled list on April 14 (retroactive to April 7) and continues to undergo therapy in Baltimore.

"I talked to Glenn [Monday] night and I talked to his doctor," manager Johnny Oates said. "There has been some improvement, but he still is not close."

Oates said earlier this week that Davis would join the team as soon as he can swing a bat. Davis apparently has taken some light swings but is not ready to resume baseball-related activities.

Sutcliffe comes home

Pitcher Rick Sutcliffe slept at home Monday night for the first time since February. He grew up in the Kansas City area and makes his home in nearby Lee's Summit, but passed up a chance to sign with the Royals when he first was eligible for free agency in 1984.

"I made the right decision," he said. "I'm a nobody here, and that's the way I like it. I go to my daughter's school and I can't give away my autograph. It wouldn't be like that if I played here. The Royals own this town."

Tonight, Sutcliffe will make his first start here since he was a member of the Cleveland Indians in the early 1980s. He is 4-0 against the Royals, but the only Kansas City holdover from those days is designated hitter George Brett.

Poole accompanies team

Left-hander Jim Poole still could be a few weeks away from rejoining the active roster, but he has joined the club for the nine-game trip and will throw softly today.

"Weather permitting," Oates said.

Poole probably won't throw outdoors if the temperature remains in the 30s today in Kansas City, but there is plenty of room indoors at Royals Stadium for the light workout that is planned for today.

Williamson waits for word

Injured right-hander Mark Williamson will not pick up a ball for at least 10 days, and it could be much longer if it is found that he has a loose body floating in his elbow. The Orioles medical staff has withheld judgment until the swelling subsides enough to get an accurate look at the situation.

"We have to find out if there is something in there, if a [bone] chip has broken off in there or something," Oates said, "but we

won't know that until the swelling goes down."

McLemore gets a start

Utility man Mark McLemore made his third start of the year last night at second base, but he wasn't just out there to save Bill Ripken an icy evening. None of the Orioles' three second-base possibilities had good numbers against starter Mark Gubicza, so Oates went with the player who could hit left-handed.

"The three of them are a combined 2-for-35 against Gubicza," Oates said. "Mac has the worst numbers of the three. He's 0-for-10, so I figured he's due."

Ripken has one hit in 17 at-bats against the Royals right-hander. Tim Hulett has one hit in eight at-bats against Gubicza.

Oates also said that he wanted to get some left-handed hitters into the lineup to make Royals manager Hal McRae think twice before going to one of his four right-handed relievers early in the game. That was the reason Joe Orsulak was wedged in between right-handed-hitting Randy Milligan and Leo Gomez.

Devereaux hits second again

Center fielder Mike Devereaux had hoped to be the club's full-time No. 5 hitter this year, but he has spent the past two games in the second spot in the order.

"I had him there Monday night because that was the place he best complemented the other people in the lineup," Oates said.

It turned out to be the right move both nights, as Devereaux had three hits in each game.

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