Hoiles to miss at least 2 games O's recall Parent, send Buford down

August 04, 1993|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Staff Writer Staff writer Jim Henneman contributed to this article.

The Orioles will be without catcher Chris Hoiles for at least two games and possibly the rest of the week because of a strained back muscle.

Mark Parent was recalled from Rochester yesterday, and reserve outfielder Damon Buford was optioned to the Red Wings.

"Chris will be definitely out two to three days. It could even be five or six," manager Johnny Oates said. "[Parent] is back here because we need a catcher now. That's the only reason."

Hoiles left Monday's game with a strained muscle in the lower left side after batting in the sixth inning.

"He could finish off a game in an emergency, but to do all the things he'd have to do in a full game will take a little time," said Oates

Trainer Richie Bancells said that Hoiles was better yesterday than expected, but couldn't predict when he might return.

"It's mostly stiffness right now, but it's still day-to-day," said Bancells. "We'll just have to wait and see how he responds the next few days."

Hoiles tied his career mark for homers in a season with his team-leading 20th on Sunday.

Parent was batting .247 with 56 RBI and a team-high 14 home runs for Rochester. Last season, Parent hit .235 with two homers and four RBI in 17 second-half games with the Orioles.

"My role with the team really isn't defined," Parent said. "It's up to how Chris is doing. I'm catching [tonight] and that's the bottom line right now."

Parent served as the primary catcher for Rochester. Tonight's starter, Arthur Rhodes, was 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in six starts in July for the Red Wings.

"It's not like I never caught these pitchers," said Parent on his familiarity with the Orioles staff. "I caught these guys two months in spring training and a couple months last season."

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound catcher has more than four years' playing experience in the majors, including 3 1/2 years in San Diego and a three-game stint in Texas in 1991. His last full season in the majors was 1990 in San Diego, where he backed up Benito Santiago.

Parent was signed by the Orioles after the 1991 season after being released by Texas. Last season in Rochester, Parent was fifth in the International League in homers with 17 and second in slugging percentage at .497.

Parent, who can also play first base, lost the battle for this year's backup catching spot to Jeff Tackett late in spring training, and was sent to Rochester. In his last 14 games, he was hitting .362 with eight extra-base hits and 13 RBI.

The addition of Parent gives Oates more power off the bench, and the catcher has adjusted before to a reserve role in the majors.

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