Pitcher Mark Williamson said yesterday that he will fly to Birmingham, Ala., Monday to have his inflamed right elbow examined by noted sports physician Dr. James Andrews, who lists Bo Jackson among his patients.
Williamson, who has been on the disabled list since April 16, has experienced pain in the elbow since he began throwing from the mound recently.
Team doctor Charles Silberstein discovered bone chips in Williamson's elbow earlier this week and told manager Johnny Oates that the 32-year-old long reliever could be lost to the club for four to 10 weeks.
* LOVE THAT PITCHING: Mike Mussina, tonight's starter, and Ben McDonald, who beat the Minnesota Twins, 6-2, Wednesday night, are 4-0, marking the first time the Orioles have had two starters with 4-0 records since 1971, when Jim Palmer went 5-0 and Dave McNally was 4-0. McNally lost his next start that season.
The team had three pitchers -- Mussina 11th, McDonald ninth and Rick Sutcliffe eighth -- ranked in the American League's top 11 in ERA before last night's game. McDonald and Mussina should move up since Sutcliffe gave up four runs last night to boost his ERA to 3.08.
The Orioles haven't had three starters in the top 10 in ERA since September 1983, when Scott McGregor was third, Mike Boddicker was fourth and current Oriole Storm Davis was 10th.
* HO-HUM: When apprised of the fact that Oakland Athletics first baseman Mark McGwire had hit his 14th homer of the year yesterday, Oates seemed a little less than impressed.
"McGwire finally caught me," said Oates, referring jokingly to the fact that he hit 14 homers, too -- in his 10-year career.
Oates was able to furnish the names of Tom Timmerman, Dick Drago, Milt Wilcox and Ross Grimsley, whom he rents a condominium from in town, as four of his home run victims.
"I guarantee you he [McGwire] doesn't remember all his in a row," said Oates.
The manager recalled that his last homer came against Steve Hamilton in 1980, when Oates was a Yankee, his next-to-last season.
"It was a blast. It landed in the
first seat in the front row and it put us up 11-0," said Oates. "But the thing about it is, I caught a shutout. That's the important thing."
* WOODLING HONORED: Outfielder Gene Woodling will be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame on June 19 at a luncheon at Stouffer's Harborplace Hotel.
Woodling, the 23rd player or manager chosen since the Hall was initiated in 1977, was elected in voting conducted among the Oriole Advocates.
Woodling came to the Orioles from the Yankees in 1955 as part of a 17-player deal and had three different terms of service with the team, two as a player and one as a coach.
In 1959, he was selected Most Valuable Oriole, leading the team in batting average (.300), RBIs (77), doubles (22), total bases (200) and walks (78). In 1960, he led the team in walks for the third straight year and had a .398 on-base percentage.
After retiring in 1962, Woodling returned to Baltimore as a first base/batting coach for four years under manager Hank Bauer.
Tickets for the induction luncheon are $30 and can be purchased by contacting Dick Grubbs at (410) 252-0268.