Olson suffers strain, unsure of how long he'll be...

Orioles

July 10, 1992|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

Olson suffers strain, unsure of how long he'll be sidelined

Orioles reliever Gregg Olson, who pulled up lame while attempting to close out Wednesday night's 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox, should find out today how long he'll be sidelined.

Olson, who thought he had suffered a cramp, was discovered to have a strained left external oblique muscle, which could keep him out from two days to three weeks.

Dr. Charles Silberstein, who examined Olson yesterday, said the extent of the injury won't be known until sometime today.

Olson had come on to pitch the ninth inning Wednesday when he doubled over in pain after throwing a strike on his fifth pitch. After a brief delay, Olson attempted a practice pitch, but again doubled over and was forced to leave.

Afterward, Olson didn't appear worried, describing the pain as a cramp, but the results yesterday were more serious. The injury is the same that sidelined starter Ben McDonald two years ago and reliever Mark Williamson last season.

G. Davis sore

Glenn Davis, scheduled to start as the designated hitter last night, complained of a sore back before the game and was a last-minute scratch.

Davis, whose home run in the first inning Wednesday ended a five-game stretch without a homer by the Orioles, had hit in eight of his previous nine games (12-for-36, .333).

"He's been hitting the ball well," Oates said of Davis before he was scratched. "It would be good to see him start to hit a few home runs in the middle of our lineup."

Davis, who played just 49 games last year because of injuries, missed 25 games earlier this season with a strained rib cage muscle. He was replaced in the lineup last night by Chito Martinez, who hit a two-run homer in the Orioles' 4-1 victory.

Ripken's change-up

After Tuesday night's game against Chicago, Cal Ripken and batting coach Greg Biagini watched videotape of Ripken's stance, and the shortstop has made a slight adjustment.

"He's just a little bit more upright now," Biagini said.

Ripken has just one hit in his past 26 at-bats and is 3-for-38 (.073) since his career-high 17-game hitting streak ended. His current streak of 15 games without an RBI is his longest since his rookie season in 1981 when he failed to get an RBI in 23 consecutive games.

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