Hoiles strains back his status is unknown

Orioles notebook

August 03, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

The injury to Chris Hoiles last night could necessitate a roster move today by the Orioles.

Hoiles left the game with a strained muscle in the right side of his lower back after getting a single in the sixth inning.

"I don't know," Hoiles said, when asked if he thought he'd miss any games.

Manager Johnny Oates seemed guarded when asked about his catcher, saying only, "We'll know more tomorrow [today]."

Even if the injury is not serious enough for Hoiles to go on the disabled list, Oates said he might have to add another catcher. "You can't get by with one [catcher]," Oates said.

"You might be able to do it for one day, but it's not very smart to play with only one guy."

If it is determined that Hoiles will have to miss more than one game, Mark Parent would be call up from the Orioles' Triple-A team in Rochester, N.Y.

Oates' lineup card blues

Three hours before game time last night, Oates was still

checking the wounded list.

Usually, his lineup card is completed by that time, but a spate of players with bumps and bruises meant he had to wait for medical advice before finishing the task.

With the team foundering again in the standings and the stretch run upon baseball's most contested division, the Orioles will need as many healthy people as they can find to overtake the three clubs in front of them.

Particularly the Toronto Blue Jays -- with Rickey Henderson at the top of the batting order.

"We've got some guys banged up," said Oates. "Some of them need some time off."

There was good news and bad news on the injury front yesterday, with Mike Mussina taking a step forward and Leo Gomez a step back.

Mussina is on the disabled list with an inflamed muscle below his right shoulder blade, but he threw 40 pitches and reported no trouble.

"He was going at about one-third speed," Oates said. "[Tomorrow] we'll extend him a little bit. Hopefully, he'll get by that and by Friday maybe he can go full bore."

Meanwhile, Gomez, who was operated on after he was disabled by a cyst on his wrist, suffered a setback when the stitches popped out while he worked out.

The area had to be re-stitched, meaning Gomez will be delayed another week before he can start practicing again.

Oates' lineup problem was complicated when Harold Baines, Jeffrey Hammonds and Brady Anderson were all unavailable to start yesterday.

Anderson entered the game as a pinch runner and scored the tying run in the seventh inning, staying in as the designated hitter. But that was offset when Hoiles had to depart with a strained muscle in his back after batting in the bottom of the sixth.

Baines' cranky knees are acting up and the manager said "we'll give him a day off."

Hammonds was experiencing spasms in his back and shoulder after playing Sunday. "He didn't swing the bat well," Oates said.

The result was that Sherman Obando was the designated hitter for the first time since July 18 and Jack Voigt -- who had 17 at-bats since June 24 -- was in left field.

Davis improving

Glenn Davis was not at the park yesterday, but was reportedly suffering no ill effects after being struck in the ear by a wicked foul ball Sunday.

"He was scheduled to have all the metal taken out of his [broken] jaw," said Oates.

"He was looking forward to having a solid meal again."

Davis needed stitches in his left ear after being hit by Hammonds' shot into the Orioles dugout. He was unconscious for about a minute.

Segui mulls suspension

David Segui will probably serve his three-day suspension for his part in the June 6 brawl when the Orioles go to Seattle, Aug. 16-18.

"That would be my guess," said Oates. "The case is being heard when we go to New York [immediately before Seattle]."

Segui said "it might not be a whole lot of fun" to miss the rematch with the Mariners, the opponents in the ballyhooed brawl.

The teams have not played since the fight.

Packing them in

Last night's attendance of 46,834 was the largest of the season and in the two-year history of Camden Yards. It was the eighth time this year the Orioles have established a park record.

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