Mills unlikely to pitch again this season

Orioles notebook

September 27, 1992|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Orioles manager Johnny Oates said yesterday that if Alan Mills pitches again this year it would be only a cameo appearance. The right-hander has been sidelined with an irritation in his elbow since pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers two weeks ago today.

"He's been cleared to throw by the doctors -- there's no nerve damage," said Oates, "but when he threw the other day he said he felt it when he tried to throw hard.

"I told him it's unlikely I'll use him the rest of the year," said Oates. "He'll use this last week as sort of a training period.

"Then, if he gets to feeling pretty good and wants to pitch, I'll get him an inning somewhere. An inning won't hurt anything."

Oates indicated that the only reason for Mills to pitch, at this point, would be for his peace of mind going into the off-season.

Rotation roulette

Friday night's rainout will cost somebody in the Orioles' rotation later in the week, but Oates hasn't decided yet who it will be.

After Sutcliffe faces Roger Clemens today, Arthur Rhodes will pitch against the Red Sox tomorrow night, and Ben McDonald will open the two-game series in Detroit on Tuesday.

Oates will have to come up with an extra starter for Wednesday night's game against the Tigers and is undecided at this point.

If the Orioles stay with their normal rotation, Mike Mussina, Sutcliffe, Rhodes and McDonald would pitch the final four games in Cleveland, which would exclude Craig Lefferts, last night's second-game starter, from another appearance.

"But we might want to get another look at Lefferts more than somebody else," said Oates. "We'll decide later."

Anderson hit in head

Brady Anderson left last night's first game after the third inning, when he was hit in the head by a pitch from Frank Viola.

Anderson was hit on back of his helmet with a 2-2 pitch.

He stayed in the game to run, but was replaced for precautionary reasons by Joe Orsulak in left field after being doubled up rounding second base when Mike Devereaux hit a high bouncer to third baseman Wade Boggs.

Anderson said he was suffering from a headache. He didn't start the second game.

In the clutch

By his standards, Boggs is having a subpar year, with only a .261 average going into last night's doubleheader.

However, with runners in scoring position, the Red Sox third baseman has put up impressive numbers.

Boggs is 33-for-102 (.324) in such situations and has driven in 12 of 20 runners on third base with fewer than two outs.

Coming attractions

Everyone in attendance today will get a 1993 schedule magnet.

At the final game tomorrow night, everyone gets a framable poster of Rick Sutcliffe's first pitch on Opening Day -- the panoramic picture that appeared in Sports Illustrated.

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