Illness, sore shoulder force Hammonds out

Orioles notebook

July 10, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Jeffrey Hammonds was out of the lineup last night for the first time since joining the Orioles June 25. The rookie outfielder was sidelined by a case of stomach virus.

Manager Johnny Oates was unsure last night whether Hammonds would be available for this afternoon's game. "All I know is that he was sick all day [yesterday]," said Oates. "We'll just have to wait and see how he feels."

In addition to the virus, Hammonds, who has driven in 13 runs in his first 14 major-league games, is having a slight problem with his right shoulder. It is similar to the pinched nerve that sidelined him briefly when he was with Triple-A Rochester.

Hammonds described the injury as "nothing big, nothing big at all."

"There's a righty pitching tonight and a lefty tomorrow," he said. "I just want to make sure I'm ready tomorrow.

"I need a break. This All-Star break couldn't come at a better time," he said.

The absence of Hammonds from the lineup temporarily interrupted the experiment with Mark McLemore, who returned to right field with Tim Hulett replacing him at third base.

Foul ball has Segui limping

First baseman David Segui was limping noticeably before last night's game, the result of a foul ball he hit off his right calf the night before. It wasn't enough, however, to keep him out of the lineup.

Obando given OK to play

Sherman Obando, who is on the disabled list for the second time this

year, might be activated for tomorrow's game. Obando has been sidelined with a condition that causes his muscles to cramp, but all tests have been negative.

"We got assurance from the doctors that they didn't find anything medically that would cause us not to play him," said Oates. If Obando is activated, it is likely that either Damon Buford or Paul Carey would be returned to Rochester.

Gomez's wrist wouldn't heel

The wrist injury that caused Leo Gomez to be placed on the disabled list Thursday had been bothering the third baseman for about a week.

"He mentioned it to us last week," said Oates. "And apparently the four days off [when Hulett played third during last weekend's series in Chicago] didn't help because it was still bothering him when we were in Kansas City."

Gomez said he first felt pain in his left wrist two weeks ago, and the soreness intensified earlier this week. Gomez was in a 1-for-32 slump when he went on the disabled list, but he would not blame the injury for batting woes.

"The wrist was affecting my hitting a little bit," Gomez said. "I wanted to keep playing. It was sore, and got sorer the last few days."

Oates not starry-eyed

Oates said it is an honor for him to be able to coach first base for the American League All-Stars Tuesday night, but he has no illusions about the assignment.

"I'm flattered," he said, "but I know it's only because I'm the home-team manager."

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