Time's running out for injured Flanagan

Orioles notebook

March 21, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mike Flanagan, who has pitched only one inning this spring, met with Orioles general manager Roland Hemond for about 30 minutes yesterday.

The 41-year-old left-hander, who has been bothered by sorenesin his shoulder, was scheduled to pitch over the weekend, but had to postpone his second appearance.

"I really don't want to push it," said Flanagan. "I need to get oveit mentally at first. I don't have a lot of confidence in it right now, so I'm just going to take a couple of more days and hopefully it will be cleared up by then."

A non-roster invitee to camp, Flanagan realizes he already mabe too far behind the other pitchers to be able to claim a roster spot. But he figures if he's going to have any chance, he has to be healthy.

"I know the sand is going through the hourglass," said Flanagan"Every day makes it a little tougher. All I can do is treat it and work on it every day. Hopefully when you wake up tomorrow, it's gone."

Flanagan, who received a cortisone shot last week, does noforesee a stint at Triple-A Rochester as a possibility. "I really don't think that would be an option," he said.

"There are guys penciled in to pitch there, too. I don't want tknock a 20-year-old out of a job. I put a lot of eggs in this basket," said Flanagan. "We'll see what happens."

Rhodes OK after scare

The Orioles got a scare when Arthur Rhodes was felled by a line drive in the second inning of yesterday's 4-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rhodes was able to execute a force play at second base after drive by Kevin Young hit him on the right shin. But the left-hander was in obvious pain and was forced to leave the game.

Rhodes later was diagnosed as having a bruised shin, anshould not miss any time. Anthony Telford replaced Rhodes and worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings despite walking three batters. He struck out one and allowed one hit.

had runners on in every inning, but he didn't allow any runs," manager Johnny Oates said of Telford, who is competing for the fifth starting spot.

Steve Searcy took the loss, giving up four hits and three runs itwo innings. The Orioles (9-6) had only four hits against three Pirates pitchers while being shut out for the second time this spring.

The Pirates are 7-5.

On second count

The Report that the Orioles' advance sales for 1993 had reached the 3-million mark was a little premature. The approximate total is about 2,750,000, which means there are about 1 million tickets available.

It is expected that the 3-million mark will be topped beforOpening Day.

Moyer, Clements sent down

The Orioles sent left-handed pitchers Jamie Moyer and Pat Clements to their minor-league camp. Moyer was a non-roster invitee to camp, and Clements was signed to a Triple-A contract last week and is prohibited from rejoining the Orioles before May 1. He was with the club the last half of the 1992 season after being claimed on waivers from the San Diego Padres.

The Orioles have 38 players in camp, including six who are noon the 40-man roster.

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