Clements gives Oates more flexibility Left-hander's role same as Flanagan's

Orioles notebook

July 12, 1992|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Staff Writer

The addition of left-handed pitcher Pat Clements gives manager Johnny Oates an extra move in the bullpen, but it doesn't change the role of Mike Flanagan, Oates said.

Last night, in his first appearance as an Oriole, Clements pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up one hit, a two-run single to Kent Hrbek.

Clements, acquired on waivers Thursday from the San Diego Padres, said he had pitched only once in the past three weeks before last night.

"But I was up in the bullpen a lot during that time," he said. "I just haven't faced a lot of hitters."

Clements said his last relief appearance was "10 or 11" days ago.

He said the waiver deal wasn't a complete surprise because of the lack of work, even though he had a 2-1 record with a 2.66 ERA in 27 games.

His role figures to be similar to that of Flanagan, who had been until recently the only left-hander on the pitching staff.

"I'll try to get left-handers out and get out of innings," Clements said. "But I'll pitch whenever the phone rings. I'll be ready from the start of the game."

Clements, who gets a lot of ground balls when he's effective, throws a sinker, slider and forkball.

Injury updates

Closer Gregg Olson, who has been unavailable since straining his left lateral oblique muscle on Wednesday, said he's looking to throw for the first time Thursday.

For now, he's taking a variety of treatment for the injury, including ultra sound, a stimulator, whirlpool, ice and heat.

"I can only be thankful for the work I put into that area," said Olson, who said he does a lot of exercises for his abdominal muscles.

Starter Storm Davis, who went on the disabled list Wednesday with a groin injury, said he feels better.

Two million and counting

The Orioles will reach the 2-million mark in home attendance today, their 46th date at Camden Yards. Only the Toronto Blue Jays reached that mark in fewer dates -- 41 this year.

The earliest the Orioles had ever reached 2 million was the 62nd date in 1989 and 1991.

Cal Ripken eyes a repeat

Shortstop Cal Ripken will be one of four players representing the American League in tomorrow's home run hitting contest as part of the All-Star Game festivities at San Diego. Last year Ripken hammered 12 homers in 22 swings to lead the AL to a 20-7 rout of the NL.

Joining Ripken on the AL will be Mark McGwire of the Oakland Athletics, Ken Griffey of the Seattle Mariners, and one other, as yet undetermined, player. Representing the NL will be Gary Sheffield, Fred McGriff, Larry Walker and an undetermined player.

The walking man

First baseman Randy Milligan walked once last night and now has received 11 walks in his past six games -- with at least one walk each game. His longest streak this year was seven games, from May 19-26.

Going the extra base

With 40 extra-base hits, Brady Anderson is only the second Oriole in the past 22 years to have 40 or more extra-base hits at the All-Star break. Cal Ripken had 41 last year. Anderson's 57 RBI are the most by a leadoff hitter at the 85-game mark since Bobby Bonds had 59 in 1973 with the San Francisco Giants.

Miscellaneous

Tim Hulett's three-run, seventh-inning home run was his first since Oct. 3, 1991, at New York. . . . Twins 1B Kent Hrbek went 3-for-4 and is hitting .350 against the Orioles this year (14-for-40). . . . The crowd of 45,903 was the 24th consecutive sellout at Camden Yards and the 32nd of the year. The Orioles are averaging 44,256 at home. . . . Rick Dempsey made his first start since rejoining the Orioles and went 0-for-2 but scored a run in their five-run, seventh-inning rally.

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