Flanagan gets call to show stuff again Orioles add pitcher to non-roster list

February 13, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Pitcher Mike Flanagan has been added to the list of non-roster players invited to spring training with the Orioles.

The move, which had been expected, was announced yesterday by general manager Roland Hemond.

"The situation really is the same as it was two years ago when Mike came to spring training and won ajob with his performance," Hemond said. "Elrod [Hendricks, bullpen coach] said Mike has been throwing the ball good during the workouts -- and he told us that two years ago. From our discussions, I've gathered that he's been throwing better this year than he was this time a year ago. And we all know what a tremendous competitor he is."

Flanagan missed virtually the entire 1990 season after being released by the Toronto Blue Jays. He won a spot on the Orioles' staff in spring training of 1991 and compiled a 2-7 record and a 2.38 ERA in 98 1/3 innings during the season. He appeared in 64 games, all but one in relief. His 94 innings were the American League's fourth-highest by a reliever.

Last year, when he was the only left-hander in the bullpen for most of the season, Flanagan didn't record a decision and pitched 34 2/3 innings in 42 games, compiling an 8.05 ERA.

That figure, however, accounted for 18 earned runs Flanagan gave up in a total of two innings over three games. His ERA for those three games was 81.00, compared with 3.62 in his other 39 appearances.

The Orioles declined to exercise the option they had on Flanagan's contract, but did not rule him out for this season.

"They went through a lot of painstaking and painful processes to make sure they wouldn't have to wait until May 1 to re-sign me," said Flanagan, 41.

"That gave me an indication there was some interest. We [he and agent Bob Teaff] talked with some other clubs, but this is where I want to be -- I'd rather take my chances here than anywhere else.

"Basically, it's the same situation as two years ago. I don't know if I'll have as many people in my corner this time, but I'm willing to give it my best shot and see what happens."

Flanagan will be one of six non-roster pitchers, four of them left-handers, who will be in camp with the Orioles. He was not listed among the 10 other non-roster invitees announced two days ago because an agreement had not been reached on the incentive-laden contract he will sign if he makes the team.

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