Cramp throws scare into Olson Ace closer doubles over, bows out, then dismisses it

July 09, 1992|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Staff Writer

The Orioles' already depleted pitching staff suffered a major scare last night when closer Gregg Olson doubled over in pain with an apparent muscle cramp in his left side and was unable to continue to throw.

But in the clubhouse afterward, Olson played down the injury. "I'm an optimist," he said. "All at once, it just grabbed. That makes me think it's a cramp."

Manager Johnny Oates was equally optimistic. "Right now, we think that it's just a cramp and that he'll be ready [to pitch] tomorrow."

Olson will be examined by team physician Dr. Charles Silberstein this morning.

Olson said he felt a twinge in his left side when he made a 2-1 pitch to Lance Johnson to lead off the ninth. The pain was more intense on his 3-1 pitch, and after taking a warm-up throw, he was removed from the game with a 3-2 count on Johnson.

Todd Frohwirth closed out the game to pick up his third save of the season.

Olson said he had no indication of any problem with his side before the 2-1 pitch. "There was no tightness, no pain or anything, going into that pitch.When I asked for the warm-up pitch, I thought it'd go away."

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