Anderson's injury gives Oates another reason to stop the game

Orioles notebook

April 04, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Johnny Oates' goal yesterday was simply to leave RFK Stadium with a healthy team.

So Oates couldn't contain his disfavor for continuing to play an exhibition game in Washington after left fielder Brady Anderson turned an ankle in the mushy outfield turf.

"I recommended that we didn't play here this year," said the Orioles manager. "It's a football field. There's too much at stake to play here when the dirt part is as soft as it is."

Oates said he understands that the Orioles appear in Washington for the benefit of the area's fans and that "it's nobody's fault" that the field conditions are so poor.

"You can't expect people to put in $1,000 or $2,000 to fix it up for one game. Play the game for the fans and be done with it. It's certainly not for the players."

The Orioles have played host to seven exhibitions at RFK since 1988. The field was particularly soft this year because of recent rains that canceled a scheduled exhibition between the Mets and Yankees Friday.

C7 Anderson's injury is not believed to be serious.

Springboard to success

Under Oates, the Orioles have been a successful team in spring training.

They finished 1993 with a 16-10-1 record after losing t Pittsburgh, 4-3, yesterday, giving Oates a 33-21-1 record (.611) over two springs.

"I think it's important to win in spring training, to establish a attitude," said Oates. "It's not the most important thing. Getting ready for the season is. But I don't like to lose even an exhibition."

The Orioles have won 33 games over two spring seasons onl twice before (1959, '60 and 1963, '64).

Devereaux helps the kids

The Orioles announced yesterday the formation of Mike Devereaux's Orioles Baseball Program to promote Little League baseball in Northeast Washington.

"It's a chance to give back," said Devereaux. "Washington is a tough city to grow up in, and this can provide equipment and fields. For basketball, all you need is a hoop. Baseball takes a little more."

The first year of the plan will aid the Senators' Little League an the Woodridge Warriors. Playing fields at Taft, Fort Lincoln and North Michigan Park will be upgraded and supervisors will be hired to monitor the Devereaux program.

The Most Valuable Oriole from last season said he will mak personal appearances and invite the Little Leaguers to Orioles games.

"These young people are the future. We need to be there to help them develop," he said.

Schullstrom returns

Pitcher Erik Schullstrom has been reacquired by the Orioles via waivers and has been optioned to the Double-A Bowie Baysox.

Schullstrom was originally an Orioles draft pick (No. 2 in Jun 1990) and spent almost 2 1/2 seasons in their system.

Last Aug. 31, he was traded with infielder Ricky Gutierrez to th San Diego Padres for left-hander Craig Lefferts.

Lefferts went 1-3 with a 4.09 ERA in five starts for the Orioles. H signed with the Texas Rangers as a free agent and will start Opening Day at Oriole Park.

Telford to Rochester

Pitcher Anthony Telford has cleared waivers and has agreed to join Triple-A Rochester.

He pitched well this spring for the Orioles, compiling an 0-1 record and 2.57 ERA in 14 innings.

Nearing the mark

Approximately 4,000 tickets remain for Wednesday's second game of the season, the night opener. If the game sells out, the Orioles would set a major-league record with 61 consecutive sellouts. Toronto set the mark in 1990-91.

Miscellaneous

Jim Poole pitched the eighth inning yesterday and allowed a game-winning homer to Orlando Merced. It was the third game-winner off Poole in a week. Jose Canseco of Texas and Turner Ward of Toronto also victimized him, leaving him with an 0-3 record. . . . Anderson finished with a six-game hitting streak, Cal Ripken with a five-game skein. . . . The team's workout at Camden Yards today is closed to the public. Texas is also

working out.

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