Injuries sideline Gomez and Milligan

Orioles notebook

September 30, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

DETROIT -- Third baseman Leo Gomez did not accompan the Orioles on their final road trip. He remained in Baltimore to undergo a medical examination after his right shoulder popped out of joint during Monday night's game.

Gomez, who has had similar problems with the stability of the shoulder before, apparently was injured while diving into second base in the fourth inning.

That was three innings before he delivered a game-winning three-run double in the seventh to carry the Orioles to a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox in the home finale at Camden Yards.

Gomez was examined by Orioles orthopedist Charles Silberstein yesterday and is expected to rejoin the team tomorrow in Cleveland. It is not known, however, whether he will appear in the season-ending four-game series against the Indians.

Milligan also hurt

First baseman Randy Milligan injured his right thumb on a slide into third base Monday night and was not in the starting lineup for last night's opener of the two-game series in Detroit.

Milligan jammed his thumb trying to take an extra base on an overthrow in the sixth inning of the home finale. X-rays revealed no fracture, but Milligan suffered a slight sprain and probably will play sparingly during the final five days of the regular season.

Sutcliffe wraps it up

Veteran right-hander Rick Sutcliffe has made his final start of the 1992 season, but he still will finish the year leading major-league pitchers with 36 starts.

Manager Johnny Oates said he will skip Sutcliffe's final turn in the rotation and throw Mike Mussina, Craig Lefferts, Arthur Rhodes and Ben McDonald in the final series of the year, at Cleveland Stadium this weekend.

"Why should I pitch Sutcliffe?" Oates said. "I know what he can do. I'd rather take a look at the other guys."

Tennis match

The New York Daily News has blown the whistle on Brady Anderson, romantically linking the Orioles left fielder with tennis star Gabriela Sabatini in a gossip column in yesterday's editions. The Anderson/Sabatini match led the column -- two items above the latest rumors about Madonna.

"I can't remember ever being embarrassed before," said

Anderson, who was red-faced after the newspaper began to circulate around the visiting clubhouse at Tiger Stadium.

The column said that Anderson went out with Sabatini in New York on an off night recently and that the two have had several long telephoneconversations since.

Anderson did not deny that he has seen Sabatini on a social basis during the past few weeks, but he stopped short of calling it anything serious.

"We're just friends," he said. "She's real sweet, though. Real quiet."

Playing out the string

The season has reached stat-padding time, and Oates doesn't have any problem with that.

"I'm going to help them," Oates said. "If the guys played hard for me all year, I'm going to do that for them.

"I was going to give Brady every at-bat possible to get that [20th] home run. He had a chance to do something no one else in the American League has ever done."

The first of two home runs by Anderson Monday night made him the first AL player in history to have at least 20 homers, 75 RBI and 50 stolen bases in a season.

Hoiles won't play

Chris Hoiles maintains that he will be available to play in the final games of the season, but Oates said it is very unlikely.

Mills may pitch

Right-hander Alan Mills might make a brief appearance this weekend in Cleveland, but only to re-assure himself that his elbow is OK.

"We'll pitch him an inning in Cleveland if it will ease his mind," Oates said.

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