Bell goes to Phillies, closing book on deal that sent Murray to L.A.

Orioles notebook

August 12, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

TORONTO -- The last holdover from the Eddie Murray deal is gone. The Orioles yesterday traded minor-league infielder Juan Bell to the Philadelphia Phillies for Triple-A second baseman Steve Scarsone.

Bell, who came to the Orioles with pitchers Ken Howell and Brian Holton when the club traded Murray to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988, had been on loan to the Triple-A Oklahoma City 89ers of the Texas Rangers organization. He was a natural shortstop who was roadblocked by shortstop Cal Ripken and was unable to establish himself as a major-league caliber second baseman.

The Phillies probably will move him to his natural position.

"We talked to them all winter and told them that he was out of position at second base," manager Johnny Oates said. "We told them Juan could be an everyday shortstop, but he wasn't going to play shortstop for us for the next few years."

Bell, 24, spent the 1991 season with the Orioles, but lost to Tim Hulett and Mark McLemore in a battle for two utility positions this spring. He was out of options, but cleared waivers and was returned to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. He batted .196 in 39 games for the Red Wings before being sent on loan to the Rangers organization, where he hit .256 in 24 games for the 89ers.

Scarsone, 26, was batting .274 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI for the Phillies' Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre club. He played briefly for the Phillies earlier this year, appearing in seven games and getting two hits in 13 at-bats (.154). He was the Phillies' second choice in the 1986 January draft out of Santa Ana College (now Rancho Santiago Community College) in California.

"A lot of people in our organization liked him," Oates said. "They say he has a chance to play in the majors."

The Orioles designated Rochester right-hander Jim Lewis for assignment to make room on the Red Wings roster for Scarsone. Lewis was acquired from the San Diego Padres last winter for third baseman Craig Worthington.

* G. DAVIS SORE? Glenn Davis told reporters that he felt some fatigue and irritation after playing first base on Saturday, but Oates said yesterday that he has not given up on the possibility of Davis playing more at first base.

"He didn't tell me he felt bad," Oates said. Davis has been the designated hitter the past three games.

* STOTTLEMYRE SUSPENDED: American League president Bobby Brown suspended Blue Jays pitcher Todd Stottlemyre for five days for his argument with an umpire last week at Fenway Park.

Stottlemyre has said he was wrong, but will appeal, probably to stall time until he starts again on Saturday. He can drop the appeal after that start, and the Blue Jays can take advantage of a day off to keep him from missing a turn.

* SHUTOUT SULTANS: The combined shutout gave the Orioles 11 shutouts for the season, which leads the American League. Right-hander Mike Mussina leads the club with three. Rick Sutcliffe and Ben McDonald have two each and Arthur Rhodes has one. There have three combined efforts.

* ANDERSON STEALS 40TH: Brady Anderson stole his 40th base of the season, which moved him into a fourth-place tie with Luis Aparicio on the club's all-time single-season stolen base list. The stolen base also tied him for the league lead with California Angels outfielder Luis Polonia.

* AROUND THE HORN: Bob Milacki, sent to the minors earlier this season, gave up four hits and one run in eight innings as Rochester beat the Richmond Braves, 7-1, on Monday night. Milacki is 5-0 since being sent down . . . The four-hit performance by Orsulak was his second of the season and it raised his team-leading average to .318. . . . Bill Ripken now has nine RBI in his last 11 games, compared with eight in his previous 42 games. . . . Jack Morris equaled his season-high with eight strikeouts. . . . The shutout was the eighth of the year suffered by the Blue Jays. The Orioles have been shut out five times this year. . . . First baseman Randy Milligan was not in the starting lineup last night against the Blue Jays. Oates started David Segui instead, and he came through with a single during the Orioles' three-run fourth inning.

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