Obando's return may send Buford down Roster decision due next week

Orioles notebook

June 15, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

MILWAUKEE -- The Orioles will have a couple of decisions to make soon after they return from their 10-game road trip. Right fielder Sherman Obando will be close to completing an injury-rehabilitation assignment with the Double-A Bowie Baysox and left-hander Arthur Rhodes should be close to embarking on one.

Obando, who has been sidelined with a hamstring strain, must be recalled or returned to the disabled list next week. If he comes back, he'll likely push rookie center fielder Damon Buford off the 25-man major-league roster.

Rhodes, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee May 18, has begun throwing off the mound. He threw Thursday and again Saturday, but still must build up the strength in his knee before he really cuts loose.

"I think we'll know more about both of them after we get back home," manager Johnny Oates said.

The Orioles may be in no hurry to activate Obando. He was swinging the bat well when he suffered the hamstring strain, but because he is a Rule V draftee who must stay on the major-league roster all year or be offered back to the New York Yankees, the disabled list allows the club to buy some time.

Remember when Todd Frohwirth arrived at spring training with a crew cut? Well, he has done it again, allowing his sister-in-law Stephanie to shear off most of his hair and leave him with a goofy-looking, partial buzz cut.

"Don't say anything that will make her look bad," Frohwirth said. "I asked her to do it. This is how her boyfriend wears his hair."

No word on who the boyfriend is, but he obviously won't be hard to pick out in the crowd of friends and family members who will visit County Stadium this week to watch a Milwaukee kid who has made good.

Familiar face

The Orioles ran into an old friend last night. The Brewers' starting shortstop was former Orioles prospect Juan Bell, who recently was picked up on waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Bell is taking advantage of the fresh start. He entered last night's game with a .455 batting average in nine games for the Brewers.

Boddicker goes on DL

The Brewers placed former Orioles pitcher Mike Boddicker on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee and recalled pitcher Mike Ignasiak from the club's Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans.

Boddicker had hoped to get a new lease on baseball life as a member of the Brewers' starting rotation after the trade that brought him over from the Kansas City Royals, but he had not pitched well in his first 10 starts. He was 3-5 with a 5.67 ERA.

Ignasiak was 6-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 24 relief appearances at Triple-A. He was up with the Brewers earlier this season, but worked in just two games.

Dog days

The Brewers have come up with an original form of between-inning entertainment. They have brought in Gus the Wonder Dog and another canine to chase away the sea gulls that congregate in the outfield.

The bird dogs apparently have made a difference. There were fewer sea gulls in attendance last night than in previous nights, and the dogs were escorted onto the field between each inning.

Oates on rotation

Oates said recently that he might juggle the rotation slightly to work around off days on Thursday and Monday, but he said yesterday that the rotation would remain unchanged at least through Sunday.

He would not speculate beyond that, but look for it to change slightly after the day off Monday. Mike Mussina probably will come on normal rest to work the opener of the three-game series against the Detroit Tigers and Jamie Moyer probably will skip a turn.

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