Flanagan prepared to pitch in first game

Orioles notebook

March 15, 1993|By Peter Schmuck and Jim Henneman | Peter Schmuck and Jim Henneman,Staff Writers

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA — ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Left-hander Mike Flanagan threw o the side yesterday and declared himself ready to make his first exhibition appearance tomorrow against the Chicago White Sox.

Flanagan has been trying to work out some shoulder stiffness. He played long toss for 20 minutes Friday and threw off the mound for about eight minutes yesterday at the Stengel/Huggins Training Complex before the Orioles' 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Al Lang Stadium.

"When I felt good long-tossing, I felt like it [the soreness] was behind me," he said. "It felt better today. I'm going to shoot for an inning on Tuesday."

He has acknowledged that he will have to begin pitching regularly soon if he is to have a legitimate chance to win a spot in the Orioles' bullpen. His status as a non-roster invitee made him something of a long shot even before the physical setback.

Flanagan did not push himself yesterday. He said he did not want to air his arm out and risk being too fatigued to come back tomorrow, so he threw mostly fastballs during the brief workout.

"Especially with the [cold] weather," he said. "I just tried to throw the fastball to spots. There was some movement. It felt better."

Cat and Moose

Mike Mussina matched up twice against Randy Milligan during his four scoreless innings yesterday, but the showdown ended in a standoff. Milligan struck out his first time up and walked the second time.

"It was kind of a cat-and-mouse thing," Mussina said. "I was afraid to throw him an off-speed pitch, because he's a pretty good off-speed hitter. He also knows that I like to throw the changeup on a fastball count."

Mussina had a good day, giving up just a first-inning leadoff double in his first scoreless appearance of the spring. He worked out of trouble in the first and then had it relatively easy the rest of the way.

"I think it was more important that I got out of the first inning than going the rest of the way without giving up any runs. It was a challenge. The last couple times I've had guys on base in the first inning it hasn't gone so well."

Valenzuela going today

Left-hander Fernando Valenzuela will make his second appearance of the Grapefruit League season today when the Orioles face the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers. Valenzuela will follow Ben McDonald to the mound and pitch three innings, if all goes according to plan, and Alan Mills then will finish.

In tomorrow night's game against the Chicago White Sox, right-hander Anthony Telford will have his third outing and first start of the spring.

Hoiles' big day

Catcher Chris Hoiles had a single, double and triple in his first three at-bats yesterday and finished with a 3-for-4 performance that raised his spring batting average to .471. His on-base percentage is .550.

Sutcliffe misses turn

Right-hander Rick Sutcliffe worked the equivalent of four innings on the side yesterday and skipped his turn in the exhibition rotation. He was passed over so that the severe

weather of the past couple of days would not disrupt the entire rotation.

"Johnny [Oates] asked me how important it was for me to throw [in a game]," Sutcliffe said. "There are a lot of young guys here who need to be looked at. I just needed to get some work."

Instead of worrying about the loss of a competitive appearance, Sutcliffe chose to accentuate the positive.

"Hey, I didn't give up any hits for the first time this spring," he said.

Hammonds getting healthy

First-round draft choice Jeffrey Hammonds still is feeling the effects of the hamstring strain he suffered early in training camp.

"I'm not 100 [percent] yet," Hammonds said, "and this weather doesn't help."

The unseasonable chill made it difficult to get loose yesterday, so Hammonds did much of his workout on an exercise bike in the clubhouse.

He hasn't gotten a lot of exhibition playing time, but that hasn't kept him from displaying his promise at the plate. He has three hits in his five spring training at-bats, including a pinch home run.

Putting up zeros

Four Orioles pitchers worked a total of 10 scoreless innings in a game at the club's minor-league complex in Sarasota yesterday. Left-hander Jamie Moyer and right-hander Todd Frohwirth each pitched three innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.

Left-handers Jim Poole and Wayne Edwards pitched two innings. Poole allowed one hit and struck out three, and Edwards didn't allow a hit, walked one and struck out two.

Designated Hitters stuck

The Orioles' Designated Hitters, the volunteer group that assists in the sale of season tickets, fell victim to the storm that hit the East Coast over the weekend.

The DHers were scheduled to have their annual spring party here last night, but most were still in Baltimore, unable to leave because of the closing of BWI Airport. Of the 43 people due for a long weekend, only 10 arrived, having left Baltimore before the storm hit.

Zaun sent down

Non-roster catcher Greg Zaun, a nephew of ex-Oriole Rick Dempsey, was returned to the minor-league camp yesterday.

Zaun's departure leaves the Orioles with 46 players still in camp, including 10 non-roster invitees.

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