NEW YORK -- Despite Randy Milligan's prediction that he would return tonight, Orioles manager Johnny Oates said he would likely hold the injured first baseman out of the lineup until Wednesday.
"He [Milligan] took batting practice [yesterday], but he's still having some headaches and he's not really alert yet," said Oates. "David [Segui] has been playing well, Randy hasn't done much against [Bill] Krueger [the Minnesota Twins' starter tonight] and we get [Scott] Erickson tomorrow night."
Oates said, however, that he wouldn't keep Milligan out of the Minnesota series merely to give him extra time to recuperate. "I'm going to play it by ear," said Oates. "But I don't want him to go a full week without playing.
"When he tells me he's ready, I'll let him play. But right now, I don't see any necessity to rush him back."
It's possible that Milligan might be used as a pinch hitter in the first two games against the Twins. Oates passed up the opportunity to use him yesterday, when Mark McLemore hit for designated hitter Sam Horn after left-hander Steve Howe entered the game in the eighth inning.
There's still no word on when Glenn Davis will leave the disabled list. The first baseman has been out since the second game of the season and isn't expected to rejoin the club until the Orioles return for a 10-day homestand on Friday.
Stankiewicz no surprise
Andy Stankiewicz might have become New York's newest folk hero this weekend, but his 6-for-12 performance against the Orioles didn't come as a surprise to Oates.
When asked about Stankiewicz after yesterday's game, Oates said jokingly, "Stanka-Ruth, you mean?"
"We knew that he was a pretty good player," said Oates. "One of our coaches [Greg Biagini] managed against him the past two years, and we knew he could do the little things. But he did the big things. We didn't know he had that kind of power."
Habyan happy with Yankees
Former Oriole John Habyan has not only found a home with the Yankees but a comfortable role as the team's No. 1 setup man.
"I never thought I'd be doing what I'm doing," said Habyan.
Habyan has allowed one run in 11 innings of relief this year. Yesterday, he walked Mike Devereaux leading off the eighth but got Cal Ripken to hit into a force out.
Though the 28-year-old right-hander receives a minimal amount of attention from fans and the media, his services do not go unappreciated by his manager.
"I don't think we have a player any more valuable than John Habyan," said Yankees manager Buck Showalter.
Habyan came back from major surgery on his right shoulder after a sledding accident in January 1989 before being traded to the Yankees later that year for Stan Jefferson.
He says that the injury changed his focus.
"I've changed everything," said Habyan, who was 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA last year. "After the surgery, a lot of pressure was taken off."
Tim Hulett started at third base for the first time this season. . . . Tonight's game against the Twins starts a stretch of 33 straight against AL West teams. The Orioles' next game against an AL East team is June 5 against the Toronto Blue Jays at home. . . . With his home run yesterday, Orioles C Chris Hoiles continues his streak as the only AL player to reach safely in every game in which he's played. It was Hoiles' fourth home run of the year.