Davis plans to return this year BASEBALL

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July 31, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer Patti Singer contributed to this article.

The consequences of two punches landed to the jaw of Orioles first baseman Glenn Davis outside a Virginia Beach, Va., nightclub continue to haunt him seven weeks later.

But Davis maintained yesterday after taking batting practice outdoors for the first time since early June that despite a concussion, a jaw that split in two places, headaches and a ringing in his ear, he plans to play this season.

"I still believe I can help this team this season. I want to play. The last thing I'm going to do is let someone other than myself take my career away," Davis told reporters.

Davis was punched outside Club Rogues on June 6, allegedly by Samuel Hampton, a bouncer and professional boxer, while the first baseman and two Rochester Red Wings teammates were waiting for a cab.

A magistrate in Virginia Beach issued a criminal summons for Hampton on assault and battery charges Thursday after Davis gave testimony regarding the incident.

Davis said he was attempting to act as a peacemaker when Hampton punched him twice while he wasn't looking.

"What really troubled me is that he hit me twice," said Davis. "He knocked me out with the first punch. The act was cowardly enough anyway. I have no respect for someone who would do that."

Davis said his jaw was split in two places and a bone split through the roof of his mouth. He said he had a concussion for six weeks and still experiences headaches and ringing in an ear.

Davis only recently began to take batting practice, albeit with a helmet that has a flap protecting his jaw, and is waiting for clearance from his doctors before he starts taking fielding practice, out of fear that a batted ball might do more damage to his face.

That clearance could come next week. The wires along the lower row of Davis' mouth are to be taken out Monday.

Davis deflected any talk of civil action in the case, saying he was bringing criminal charges to try to curb bouncers from taking disputes into their own hands.

"If I walk away from this, the message I'd be sending is that people can go around inflicting damage whenever they want," said Davis.

Rochester's Mark Parent, who was at the bar with Davis and Randy Ready of the Red Wings, said the three were at no fault. "We were trying to leave the place. That's it. Some bouncer got a little carried away.

"I wasted a whole month's worth of the season worrying about it. People saying we did something, we didn't do something. We didn't do anything wrong. . . . The bottom line is Glenn missed part of the season with a broken jaw."

Parent said he'd welcome the opportunity to testify for Davis.

Hammonds leaves early

Orioles outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds left last night's game with the Red Sox in the fourth inning with muscle spasms in his neck.

The injury to Hammonds was not believed to be serious. He had singled twice, but was thrown out at the plate in the second as he slid headfirst trying to score from first on Chris Hoiles' double.

Hammonds appeared to be flexing his arm in pain after a throw to the infield in the third inning.

Mills sore but OK

Reliever Alan Mills was examined this week after he complained of soreness in his right forearm.

But manager Johnny Oates said Mills remained available to pitch, though the soreness might need to be corrected in the off-season with minor surgery.

Mills pitched last night, going five innings and giving up two hits, including a home run to first baseman Mo Vaughn in the third inning.

Broadcast fill-ins

Ken Korach, the play-by-play voice of UNLV basketball and football, is filling in for Chuck Thompson today and tomorrow, while Thompson is inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

Korach, who also pinch hits on Chicago White Sox radio broadcasts, will do seven Orioles games this year.

Also, Johnny Holliday, longtime Maryland football and basketball broadcaster, is sitting in for HTS announcer Mel Proctor, who has the weekend off.

Digger drops in

Former Notre Dame men's basketball coach Digger Phelps chatted with the Orioles during batting practice.

Phelps is the father-in-law of Jamie Moyer, last night's starter.

A word to the wise

Before leaving Toronto this week, Oates left a pearl of wisdom in the visiting manager's desk for Detroit skipper Sparky Anderson, whose Tigers meet the Blue Jays in SkyDome this weekend.

Oates wrote on the back of a business card, "Idol [his nickname for Anderson]: Walk the first five guys, then go right after them. Good luck. See you in a couple of weeks."

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