Mussina throws a bit with little discomfortMike Mussina...

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June 25, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Mussina throws a bit with little discomfort

Mike Mussina threw on the sidelines without much difficulty yesterday, but it still hasn't been decided if he'll make his next scheduled start Sunday against the New York Yankees.

"He threw for 12 minutes and said he felt something on only two pitches," said manager Johnny Oates. "But I'm not going to get carried away.

"We'll see how he is tomorrow [today] and the next day. It could be that I may not make a decision until Sunday."

Mussina was upbeat after throwing on schedule yesterday and indicated he might not have to miss a turn. "Considering that I threw 75 pitches, to feel something on only two is encouraging," said Mussina. "I'm pretty encouraged by what happened today."

Asked whether he'd be able to pitch Sunday, Mussina said: "It's going to be a group decision. Johnny will give me the 'don't be a hero' speech and I'll say I can pitch."

Mussina, who has been ineffective in his past three starts, has been diagnosed as having a "mild, but irritable case of biceps tendinitis" in his throwing arm. If he is unable to start against the Yankees, his replacement will come from a list of four candidates.

Oates said an emergency starter could be either someone off the Orioles' present staff, or one of two pitchers with Triple-A Rochester. "I'd be comfortable with either Alan Mills or Mark Williamson," Oates said of those on his roster.

"And John O'Donoghue -- a left-hander against the Yankees could be an interesting possibility -- or Kevin McGehee are possibilities at Rochester. We've had good reports on McGehee [obtained from the Giants for Luis Mercedes]," said Oates.

Still scratched

Brady Anderson, sidelined for the past two games by the chickenpox, isn't expected to return for at least a few more days.

"It's the same as yesterday [Wednesday]," said Oates. "He was told to stay home for a couple of days, but I don't expect to see him for another three or four days."

Anderson, who is being treated with medication to alleviate his discomfort, has hit safely in 12 of his past 13 games to raise his batting average to .236. He leads the Orioles with 30 extra-base hits and 112 total bases.

Pitching prowess

Orioles starting pitchers have gone at least five innings in 19 of the past 20 games. The only one who didn't last that long was the ace, Mussina, who has failed to last five innings only four times in 59 major-league starts.

Food drive

The Orioles' wives will hold their annual canned food drive at Tuesday night's game with the Toronto Blue Jays. The drive, which benefits the Maryland Food Bank, netted 4 tons of food last year. During the past four years, the Orioles' wives have collected 19 tons of food.

Miscellaneous

Approximately 3,500 tickets remain for the All-Star Workout, the Gatorade Home Run Derby and Upper Deck Heroes of Baseball Game on Monday, July 12, the day before the All-Star Game at Camden Yards. . . . Lee Janzen, winner of golf's U.S. Open and a big Orioles fan, will throw out the first ball before tomorrow night's game against the Yankees. . . . Of their 38 victories, the Orioles have come from behind to win 21 times, four times after the seventh inning. . . . The Tigers had won five straight series before losing to the Orioles.

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