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August 06, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Hammonds, limited by neck injury, may land on DL

Jeffrey Hammonds was in the Orioles' starting lineup last night, but the prized rookie's playing time might be limited for the rest of the season. And there's a chance he'll go on the disabled list.

Manager Johnny Oates said Hammonds will be used as a designated hitter for now. That means he will be used only against selected left-handers to give Harold Baines an occasional day off.

Oates said he would not use Hammonds in the outfield "until we get more information." He had the same reply when asked if putting Hammonds on the disabled list was a possibility.

A magnetic resonance imaging earlier in the week revealed evidence of a slightly herniated disk in the neck area, which has caused recurring spasms. Hammonds said last night that he will undergo more tests, but that nothing has been scheduled.

"I don't need any tests to tell me I'm hurting," he said. "I just want to make sure it won't lead to anything else."

Hammonds last played in the outfield Sunday, but admitted it was a struggle to get through the game. Two nights before that, he had to leave after five innings.

General manager Roland Hemond reiterated that he wasn't overly concerned about Hammonds' condition, but that more tests were planned. "We have something in the works, but sometimes these things depend on the availability of doctors," said Hemond.

"It [the injury] is nothing new. He has been bothered by it all year and has still been able to do all the things he's done. We don't think he'd be able to do those things if it was something serious."

Night at the fights

The post-game highlight in the Orioles' clubhouse after Wednesday night's 8-6 win over Milwaukee was watching a video replay of the brawl between Texas and Chicago, featuring Nolan Ryan and Robin Ventura.

Most of the players seemed surprised that Ventura would charge the mound against the game's most legendary active performer. They also seemed impressed with the number and velocity of Ryan's punches.

It was noted that 26 years of major-league experience hadn't taught Ryan to use his left, non-pitching hand in combat. "His left's not as fast as his right," said Mike Mussina, who was involved in a similar incident two months ago today against the Seattle Mariners.

"Moose [Mussina] should talk to Nolan -- he's only half his age," quipped Rick Sutcliffe.

The consensus was that Ryan won two decisions -- he pitched seven innings in the Rangers' 5-2 victory and was a clear winner over Ventura.

"Robin's a friend of mine, so I have to be careful what I say," said Sutcliffe. "But it looked like he stopped and had second thoughts about going out there. I think he learned a lesson -- either go or stay."

Honoring Buford

Earl Weaver is scheduled to be among the featured guests at a luncheon today at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel honoring Don Buford, the newest member of the Orioles Hall Of Fame.

Buford, manager of the Orioles' Double-A Bowie team, will be inducted in ceremonies before Sunday's game with the Cleveland Indians.

Donations needed

The Oriole Advocates will sponsor their second "Cardboard to Leather" program before tomorrow night's game with the Indians.

Special containers will be placed by entrance gates, and fans are encouraged to bring gloves, bats, balls and catching gear as donations to be distributed to needy youngsters in Baltimore and the Dominican Republic.

A feast for charity

The Second Annual Orioles Benefit Crab Feast, last weekend in Glen Burnie, raised more than $10,000 for the Children's Cancer Foundation. Players Jeff Tackett, Gregg Olson, Todd Frohwirth, Mark Williamson and Jim Poole attended, along with coaches Greg Biagini and Dick Bosman.

Miscellaneous

Brady Anderson has scored at least one run in six consecutive games. . . . Baines has not gone more than two straight games without a hit and has hit safely in 24 of his past 30. . . . With Milwaukee having lost seven of its previous eight games, including three in a row, center fielder Robin Yount last night inherited manager Phil Garner's task of presenting the lineup card before the game. . . . The Orioles took a six-game errorless streak into last night's contest. . . . Only scattered single seats and standing-room tickets are available for the three-game series against the Indians.

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