Lewis may get quick return to Triple-A

Orioles notebook

July 17, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right-hander Richie Lewis has arrived in the major leagues, but his stay figures to be a short one if Storm Davis comes off the disabled list to start against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

"I told him he could be here from four days to the rest of his career," manager Johnny Oates said.

Davis appears almost certain to be ready to pitch when he becomes eligible to leave the 15-day disabled list. If he does, Lewis probably would go back to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, though Oates has left open the possibility of going to an 11-man pitching staff.

"I would assume that Storm is ready to pitch," said Oates. "He was borderline when we DL'd him."

That apparently is a safe assumption. Davis said yesterday he is ready to pitch now. He has been on the disabled list since July 8 (the move was retroactive to July 5) with a groin strain.

Oates said Lewis would start Monday night if Davis could not, but he also said he was so confident of Davis' return that he would have Lewis available in the bullpen all weekend.

Lewis is just happy to be drawing a major-league paycheck.

"We all hope to get called up," he said, "but I can't say I was expecting it. I just want to stay as consistent as I can and be as ready as I can be."

He has been the most consistent starter for the Red Wings this year, going 7-6 with a 3.69 ERA for a team that is well under .500.

Rangers make it official

The Texas Rangers held a news conference yesterday to announce that Toby Harrah would finish the season as manager, but the appointment already had been widely publicized.

Harrah was named interim manager last week when Bobby Valentine was fired. The arrangement was made more permanent after the club took three of four games from the Cleveland Indians in Harrah's first series as manager last weekend.

Former Rangers coach and current Orioles coach Davey Lopes was rumored as a possible replacement for Valentine, but he said he was never contacted by the club.

Mesa trade revisited

The decision to trade right-hander Jose Mesa to the Cleveland Indians was not arrived at easily. The Orioles know the deal could come back to haunt them, but they could not option Mesa and could not wait any longer for him to produce.

There had been rumors of his impending departure for a couple of months, but Oates said yesterday that nothing in particular affected the timing of the deal.

It doesn't seem terribly complicated. Mesa had won five times in his last 28 starts. He did not figure to be an effective reliever.

Williamson to throw

Right-hander Mark Williamson is scheduled to throw batting practice at Frederick today, but he probably will not take another set in his recovery from elbow surgery until he meets again with orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews.

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