Parent, Milacki slated to join pennant raceROCHESTER, N.Y...

Orioles minor-league notebook

August 30, 1992|By Patti Singer Dazzling the Suns HAGERSTOWN

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Parent, Milacki slated to join pennant race

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Jim Poole has been with the Red Wings since June 12, and he saw his rehabilitation assignment turn into an option as the Orioles made do with one left-hander in the bullpen.

Bob Milacki has been here since July 18. The Orioles havbypassed him three times, calling up Richie Lewis twice and Anthony Telford once.

But Orioles manager Johnny Oates said Friday night that Milacki will be among the call- ups Tuesday, the day the Orioles can

expand their active roster to 40 players.

Manager Jerry Narron made some qualified predictions abouwhat the Orioles will be looking for in their other call-ups.

"I believe they'll need a left-handed pitcher; I believe they'll taka right-handed hitting outfielder; I believe they'll take someone that can be a defensive replacement in the outfield and a defensive replacement in the infield," he said. "They might take some guy who might be able to pinch run.

"Anyone they take from here will be with the idea they can help the big-league club. It won't be any reward deal, or just because they're on the roster."

Poole hasn't come close to repeating even his Red Wings recorof 1991 (3-2, nine saves, 2.79 ERA), let alone his 3-2, 2.00 ERA with the Orioles.

The left-hander has allowed 55 runners in 41 innings, but hagiven up only two runs in his past 9 1/3 innings to bring his ERA down to 5.05.

"I don't know if I have to be pitching well now or during the wholseason," he said of his chances of going to Baltimore. "All I'm focusing on is finishing here as strong as I can."

Milacki, victimized by one bad inning in each of his past threstarts, has allowed 16 runs in his past 26 innings. His 7-1 record belies the fact that he has allowed 78 runners in 61 innings.

Catcher Mark Parent also is to be among the call-ups, Narrosaid. "I saw in the paper that Johnny Oates said he'll bring him back," Narron said. "And if Johnny Oates says it . . ."

Luis Mercedes is a right-handed-hitting outfielder who coulpinch run. He is second in the International League in batting (.315) and first in stolen bases (35), but only lately has begun to produce runs (five RBI in his past five starts).

Jack Voigt is a more complete player. He is batting .291, leadthe team in doubles, is second in home runs and can play first and third.

Tommy Shields, another right-handed batter, only plays thirbase.

If Oates is looking for a veteran, he might consider DouJennings, signed in spring training as a free agent from the Oakland Athletics. The left-handed-hitting outfielder participated in pennant races in 1988 and 1989, and was on Oakland's postseason roster in 1990.

* Recently acquired Steve Scarsone has begun to show the Red Wings offensive capabilities that he displayed with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Scarsone, who came to the Orioles organization batting .274had slumps of 1-for-13 and 2-for-19. But he has gone 12-for-37 with 10 RBI in his past nine games.

"I wasn't doing fabulous before the trade," said Scarsone, whjoined the Red Wings Aug. 12 when the Orioles sent Juan Bell to the Phillies. "The fact that it was a clean slate, it's right there on paper, everyone goes, 'Uh-oh.' "

Scarsone, 26, has given that feeling to opponents in his twseasons in the International League. He batted .274 last season for Scranton/Wilkes Barre and earned MVP honors in the Triple-A All-Star Game.

He has taken over the Red Wings second-base job, pushinRicky Gutierrez back to shortstop. But he doesn't talk about pushing anyone in Baltimore out of a job.

"From what I understand, they're not real strong in the infield," hsaid. "They have some good players, but when it comes to backing up those players, they need some younger players."

He thought the Phillies did, too, especially after trading DalSveum. It turned out they wanted Bell more than they did Scarsone.

Scarsone played in seven games during the 22 days he spenwith the Phillies this season, the only major-league appearance of his seven-year career with that organization.

But Scarsone doesn't think he was just offered as a trinket iexchange.

"From what I understand from the [Red Wings] coaches, therecommended me highly, having played against them."

* Lewis earned league Pitcher of the Week honors for Aug. 16-2by pitching a complete-game, two-hit victory over Toledo on Aug. 17.

He made his next start for the Orioles, his second one-gamcall-up of the season.

"I'm not any better of a pitcher," Lewis said of his two camemajor-league appearances. "I'm a stronger person. It made me realize the business end of this game."

After facing the Oakland Athletics, Lewis made his next starback against Toledo when the Orioles optioned him and recalled Telford.

"The things that go on, you see them happen around you, buuntil they happen to you, you don't know how to deal with them," Lewis said.

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