Obando to displace Buford? Outfielder shuffle expected today

Orioles notebook

June 24, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

Sherman Obando's locker in the Orioles clubhouse is next to Damon Buford's, but their proximity seems about to change.

Obando, who has been on the disabled list since May 25 with a strained right hamstring, is due to return from a minor-league rehabilitation assignment today and his re-appearance could spell a return to the minors for Buford.

Obando, who was hitting .318 with one home run and nine RBI before going on the DL, was selected for $50,000 from the New York Yankees roster last winter in the Rule V draft. He must

remain on the Orioles' major-league roster the entire season or be offered back to the Yankees for $25,000, thus forcing the Orioles to clear a spot.

The most likely candidate to be demoted is Buford, who has not played since June 12 in Boston, when he pinch ran.

Buford, a rookie center fielder, hit .421 with two homers and six RBI in his first week after being recalled from Triple-A Rochester May 3 to fill in for an injured Mike Devereaux.

Since then, Buford, who had a 19-game hitting streak at Rochesterwhen he was called up, has gone just 5-for-39 (.128) with one RBI.

The power station

Chris Hoiles continued his power-hitting exhibition last night with a bases-empty home run in the fourth inning, off Detroit's Mike Moore.

That shot represented Hoiles' fourth homer in 10 at-bats over three games, including two during Tuesday's 12-9 comeback win.

On the Rhodes to recovery

Pitcher Arthur Rhodes moved one step closer to returning to the active roster yesterday when he took defensive drills off the mound.

Rhodes, who is 1-2 with a 9.36 ERA, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on May 18. He may pitch a simulated game by the end of the week.

If there are no complications, the club then would decide where to send Rhodes on a rehabilitation assignment.

A visit from Glenn

First baseman Glenn Davis paid a brief visit to Camden Yards yesterday, while he recuperates from surgery to repair a broken jaw.

General manager Roland Hemond said he spoke with Davis, who was punched in the jaw three weeks ago while attending a Virginia Beach, Va., nightspot with two Rochester teammates.

Davis' jaw is expected to remain wired shut for the foreseeable future. Hemond said there was no timetable for Davis' return.

Miscellaneous

The Orioles bullpen is 6-0 with 12 saves and a 1.95 ERA. . . . Going into last night, Harold Reynolds was hitting .387 (29-for-75) after the sixth inning, the second-best mark in the American League, and Cal Ripken was hitting a league-best .444 with an 0-2 count.

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