NEW YORK -- Outfielder Mark Leonard was optioned to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings on Monday night, but he never got there. He was recalled 17 hours later when the Orioles placed Sherman Obando on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
The club had optioned Leonard to make room on the roster for hot-hitting Red Wings first baseman Paul Carey, then learned that Obando had suffered the hamstring strain during the Orioles' 8-6 victory over the New York Yankees Monday night.
Leonard never actually left New York. He would have been required to remain in the minor leagues for 10 days, but the rules allow for a quicker return if it is necessitated by an injury. Though he is back, striking out as a pinch hitter last night, it is apparent manager Johnny Oates wants to take a look at another left-handed hitter.
The initiation of Carey was swift. He was in the Orioles starting lineup as DH last night and got his first major-league hit, going 1-for-3.
"This is unbelievable," said Carey, as he surveyed Yankee Stadium for the first time as a major-league player. "It still hasn't sunk in yet."
The start probably won't be a regular thing, but Oates wanted to give Carey a chance to pick up where he left off at Rochester.
"I wanted a left-handed bat who could hit, and he was swinging the bat very well," Oates said.
Carey was batting .351 with eight home runs and 27 RBI in 40 games when he got the call late Monday night. He arrives at a time when veteran run producers Harold Baines and Mike Devereaux are soon to come off the disabled list, but he is happy for whatever time he can get at the major-league level.
"I really didn't expect this," he said. "This is only my first full season at Triple-A. It's early in the season, so it's a surprise -- a very pleasant surprise. I don't know what their plans are other than taking it day by day. I'm just happy to be here."
Carey was a teammate of Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina at Stanford University before he was drafted by the unaffiliated Miami Miracle in 1990. The Orioles signed him to a minor-league contract a year later.
Outfielder Danny Tartabull suffered a bruised right kidney when he collided with teammate Gerald Williams in pursuit of a bloop triple by Brady Anderson on Monday night. Tartabull was taken to a hospital for tests and will undergo further testing before he is cleared to return to action.
Anderson in review
Lost in the impressive offensive performance by the Orioles Monday night was an impressive individual effort by Anderson, who had three hits in a game for the first time since Opening Day.
Anderson turned in a 3-for-4 performance against the Texas Rangers in the season opener and swung the bat very well during April. Between Opening Day and Monday night's game, he had 11 two-hit games. Last night he was 1-for-4, but could have had another hit on a bunt that was ruled an error.
Rick Sutcliffe apparently stiffened during the Orioles' six-run fifth inning on Monday night, which might explain why he couldn't keep a lid on the Yankees offense the next two innings. He gave up two home runs to Kevin Maas as New York came back to tie, but ended up a winner when Cal Ripken led off the seventh with a home run.
"I should have done more during the long inning," Sutcliffe said. "I just couldn't get my legs and shoulders loose. Up until that point, my location and velocity were really coming around, so I'm going to look at it as a positive."