Orioles place Mussina on disabled list Rhodes to take spot in rotation

August 01, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

As expected, the Orioles yesterday placed right-hander Mike Mussina on the 15-day disabled list and returned left-hander Arthur Rhodes from his rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Rochester.

Rhodes will be inserted into the starting rotation and start Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers at Oriole Park. He is scheduled to rejoin the club today.

"Our reports on Arthur are OK," said general manager Roland Hemond. "He has worked hard and is throwing hard. We're pleased with what he did."

Rhodes has been on the disabled list since May 15 with a sore left knee. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove fragments from the knee three days later and has been on a rehab assignment since July 4.

Before the surgery, he had a 9.36 ERA and 1-2 record in six starts for the Orioles.

With the Red Wings, he compiled a 1-1 record and 4.05 ERA in six starts and struck out 33 in 26 2/3 innings.

In his latest outing, a 6-2 victory, Rhodes threw 77 pitches in 3 2/3 innings, 47 for strikes, against the Columbus Clippers.

His return to the rotation will give the Orioles three consecutive left-handers with Fernando Valenzuela going tomorrow and Jamie Moyer on Tuesday after throwing only 46 pitches in his outing Friday.

Mussina's stint on the disabled list was made retroactive to July 22, the day after he suffered a back injury during a start against Kansas City.

Thus, he is eligible to return in less than a week if conditions allow.

During an examination Friday, he was found to have an inflamed muscle fascia below his right shoulder blade. "His throwing day is Monday and we'll see how he progresses," said Hemond. "It's not a serious injury and we'll wait for the healing process."

Mussina might get a rehabilitation assignment, but no determination has been made.

Meanwhile, all was quiet on the Orioles trading front as the midnight deadline for non-waiver deals approached,

Hemond said "we have had conversations with a number of clubs today, including Oakland," which later traded Rickey Henderson to the Al East-leading Toronto Blue Jays, subject to Henderson's approval.

"Nothing has happened to this point," Hemond said.

"Sometimes, it's up to the other club to get back to you. But if I were asked whether we'd make a deal before the deadline, I'd say probably not," he said.

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