Anderson jams finger, misses start

Orioles notebook

August 01, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

Left fielder Brady Anderson was held out of the lineup last night after jamming a finger in the first game of the series against the Boston Red Sox.

Anderson injured the little finger on his right hand making a headfirst dive for third base in the eighth inning of Friday night's game. He land- Orioles notebook

ed badly and added another injury to a long list of physical problems that have plagued him this year.

X-rays taken late yesterday afternoon showed no fracture, so his playing status is day to day.

"Brady can run, but he can't grip anything right now," manager Johnny Oates said.

Anderson already was playing with a sore thumb on the same hand. Earlier this year, he played through soreness in both knees and spent 15 days on the disabled list with chickenpox.

Utility player Jack Voigt started in Anderson's place last night against Red Sox ace Roger Clemens.

Hammonds still hurting

Rookie Jeffrey Hammonds was available for limited duty last night after aggravating a pinched nerve in his neck during Friday night's game. The neck and shoulder problem has bothered him since the early part of the season, but not like this.

"Last night it hit the wall," he said. "It all started in batting practice, and it never really loosened up. There was nothing [in particular] last night that hurt it. Everything I did, I felt it."

Hammonds apparently was available to pinch hit and pinch run last night, but he said he had to ask out of Friday night's game because he could no longer raise his right arm high enough to throw effectively.

"I told Johnny, 'I can't throw,' " Hammonds said. "He said, 'Then you can't help me out there.' The last thing I want is what happened in May, when I tried to play through it and ended up on the disabled list."

The injuries to Hammonds and Anderson limit Oates' options.

"There's nothing I can do about it," Oates said. "You don't like to have these things happen, but you've got to go on."

Depth be not proud

Oates is proud of the players on his bench, but he is aware that experience in reserve is not one of the strengths of his club. The loss of third baseman Leo Gomez has moved his only veteran reserve (Tim Hulett) into the lineup.

"That's something we need to improve -- our overall depth," he said. "We have five guys on the bench who don't average a year in the major leagues. You have to give them credit. They've played hard. Ideally, all of those guys need to be playing somewhere, but because of the situation we're in, they have to be here right now."

The Orioles have to be thrilled with the performance of the rookies who have been on their roster this year. The six rookie position players that have seen action -- Hammonds, Damon Buford, Sherman Obando, Voigt, Luis Mercedes and Paul Carey -- entered last night's game with a combined .362 batting average with men in scoring position.

Oates on Pennington

Oates would like to see rookie reliever Brad Pennington get more work, but the schedule hasn't allowed it. "He really hasn't pitched enough," Oates said. "He did have a couple of bad outings, but that's not the reason he hasn't pitched. We've just faced a lot of teams that he doesn't match up well against."

Stat of the day

When Mike Mussina went on the disabled list yesterday, he became the 3,000th major-league player to do so since Cal Ripken started his consecutive-games streak.

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