Milligan sits, but not because of cramp

Orioles notes

May 14, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas -- First baseman Randy Milligan apparently has recovered from his leg cramp, but he sat out last night's series finale against the Texas Rangers.

Milligan limped off the field with what manager Johnny Oates called a "heat cramp" in the eighth inning of the Orioles' 5-1 victory on Tuesday night, but he appeared to be fine after that game and took part in workouts before last night's 4-2 win.

David Segui played first base in his place, but Oates indicated the slight injury was not a major factor when he filled out the lineup card.

"He's fine," Oates said. "I just wanted to give Segui some time. Randy didn't have good numbers against [Kevin] Brown, so I tried to get a matchup. You can't play but nine guys per night."

Segui went 0-for-3, but did his usual fine job afield.

Poole update

Left-hander Jim Poole, who threw on the side Tuesday, reported no problems yesterday, but Oates said it could be three weeks before he is ready to return to action at the major-league level.

Flanagan throws on the side

Mike Flanagan worked out briefly before last night's game in an attempt to get a little more mound time, but he pitched in the game, retiring the only batter he faced.

There has been concern that Flanagan is not getting enough innings to remain sharp. He leads the team with 15 appearances, but has totaled just nine innings. He has given up but five hits, but has complicated things with nine walks.

Williamson surgery successful

Right-hander Mark Williamson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday and could be throwing again in four weeks.

Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic specialist in Birmingham, Ala., removed three bone chips and smoothed the surface of the elbow. Club officials indicated it probably will be closer to 10 weeks before Williamson can pitch competitively.

Oates on lineup

Oates says he's not a hunch manager, but he said yesterday that he also isn't totally at the mercy of past performance when he fills out his lineup card. Case in point -- his decision to start Joe Orsulak, instead of Chito Martinez, in right field.

"I don't always go by the numbers," he said. "Chito is 3-for-3 against this guy [Brown], but Joe is swinging the bat better."

That hunch didn't pay off as Orsulak went 0-for-4.

But Oates' second one did. He started Sam Horn over Martinez at DH and Horn had a two-run homer in the Orioles' four-run first inning.

Anderson ties career high

Leadoff hitter Brady Anderson opened the game with a double down the right-field line for his 18th extra-base hit of the year. That ties his career high, set in 1989.

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