Inflamed elbow sends Mills to the sidelinesAlan Mills, who...

Orioles notebook

September 15, 1992|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Inflamed elbow sends Mills to the sidelines

Alan Mills, who has been one of the bright spots for the !B Orioles this season, has been sidelined at least temporarily.

The right-hander, who has had two ineffective appearances on this homestand (five innings, seven hits, five earned runs) is suffering from an inflammation of his elbow. He was a late arrival at the park last night and deferred questions about his condition to club officials.

General manager Roland Hemond said Mills would be out "three or four days" and then his condition would be re-evaluated.

Anderson's lucky seven

Brady Anderson needs seven more stolen bases to break the Orioles club record (57) held by Luis Aparicio. But the Orioles left fielder already has a combination of numbers that put him in fancy company.

Rickey Henderson is the only player in American League history to have more stolen bases and home runs in the same season than Anderson already has accumulated (51 and 19). Henderson has surpassed those totals three times in his career.

In addition, Kansas City's Amos Otis is the only American Leaguer in the last 50 years to have more RBI and stolen bases than Anderson. Otis stole 52 bases and drove in 79 runs in 1971. Anderson's 19th homer last night gave him 75 RBI for the season.

Melvin scheduled to play

Ex-Oriole Bob Melvin, who has started just two games since June 17, is scheduled to be in the Kansas City lineup against left-hander Arthur Rhodes tonight.

O's offense struggling

How much the Orioles' offense has struggled in the second half of the season is emphasized by the numbers since July 4.

Through that date, after 78 games, the Orioles were leading the majors in slugging percentage (.432) and were second in the American League in batting average (.270) and home runs (85). In the 65 games since, the Orioles have batted .247, with 49 home runs (including two last night) and a .368 slugging percentage.

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