Baines, Devereaux update delights Oates Leonard optioned

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May 25, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer Patti Singer contributed to this article

NEW YORK -- Manager Johnny Oates was beaming even before last night's 8-6 victory at Yankee Stadium.

The reason?

There is a possibility -- though slight -- that Mike Devereaux and Harold Baines could be in the Orioles' lineup for Thursday's series finale against New York.

If Devereaux gets medical clearance tomorrow, he could join Baines at Memorial Stadium for a rehabilitation appearance with the Double-A Bowie Baysox. (Baines is scheduled to take his first competitive swings in three weeks tonight for the Baysox.) Then both would hook up with the major-league club Thursday for the rest of the 10-day trip.

"Devo hit a lot here this afternoon," Oates said. "It depends on how sore he is tomorrow. If he's not sore, he'll hit tomorrow night and fly back to Baltimore to see the doctor. If he's all right, he could play Wednesday at Memorial Stadium and come here Thursday. If it doesn't work out, we'll wait until the weekend."

Oates was asked if he might be getting a little too excited about two players who have been out of action for three weeks, but his pre-game optimism was not to be restrained.

"Can't be any worse," Oates said. "If nothing else, they'll give us more presence. I wouldn't mind them doing their rehab right here. We're already averaging about one run a game. The only disadvantage is that if one of them had a relapse up here, it would be another 15 days [on the disabled list]."

In the past, Oates has been hesitant to speculate on his starting lineup more than a day or two in advance, but he already has things mapped out for the return of Baines and Devereaux. His lineup:

Brady Anderson LF; Mark McLemore RF; Devereaux CF; Baine DH; Cal Ripken SS; Leo Gomez 3B; Chris Hoiles C; David Segui 1B; Harold Reynolds 2B.

Needless to say, Oates is looking forward to having the full arra of options he had when the season began.

Roster move

The Orioles late last night optioned outfielder Mark Leonard back to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings and recalled first baseman/outfielder Paul Carey.

Carey was batting .351 with eight home runs and 27 RBI in 40 games at Rochester. Oates indicated he would make his major-league debut as the designated hitter tonight.

Oates on chemistry

The question of team chemistry has come up time and again during the first seven weeks of the season.

Yesterday Oates conceded that the club did lose some personality with the departure of gamers Joe Orsulak and Bill Ripken.

"I think that right now, we're missing a little something in the clubhouse," Oates said. "I think that the chemistry will improve when we have Devo and Baines back in the lineup."

Oates admitted, however, that he isn't an expert on the subject.

"All I know about chemistry is that it took me two years to get one year of chemistry in high school," he said. "It's the only course I didn't pass."

Tartabull hurt

Yankees right fielder Danny Tartabull had to be taken to a local hospital after he collided with center fielder Gerald Williams trying to come up with Anderson's eighth-inning triple. Tartabull apparently suffered a bad bruise when he took a knee in the lower back.

Hammonds due another look

Jeffrey Hammonds is scheduled to have the pinched nerve in his neck examined today by a neuromuscular specialist.

Rochester manager Bob Miscik said Hammonds, who was eligible to come off the disabled list yesterday, won't play until he can throw with his normal speed and accuracy and takes at least two days of batting practice and infield. The Red Wings are off today and tomorrow, so the Orioles' top prospect may not play again until the weekend.

Hammonds is batting .302. Six of his 13 hits were for extra bases, with two home runs and seven RBI. He went on the DL May 17.

Hemond on Oates

The surprise announcement that Tony Perez had been fired as manager of the Cincinnati Reds prompted general manager Roland Hemond to speak up in defense of Oates again. He said that there has never been any discussion of making a managerial change in Baltimore.

, "None whatsoever," he said.

Obando returns

DH Sherman Obando realized a dream last night, appearing in a major-league game at Yankee Stadium. He dreamed of playing here throughout his minor-league career with the Yankees' organization, but he said he has no regrets.

"I've always just wanted to be part of a major-league team," said Obando, who went 2-for-4. "I'm not disappointed at all. It's a dream come true."

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