Mussina scheduled to return on Aug. 20 BASEBALL

Orioles notebook

August 07, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Mike Mussina's next start has been set tentatively for Friday, Aug. 20, when the Orioles open a seven-game homestand against the Texas Rangers.

Manager Johnny Oates set a rehabilitation program for Mussinafter the right-hander's workout yesterday at Camden Yards. "He threw very well," Oates said, "and he'll go on a rehab assignment with [Double-A] Bowie Monday [when the Orioles begin a 10-game road trip].

"He will work out with the Bowie club the entire time we're on throad. He will pitch Tuesday night [at Memorial Stadium against Canton-Akron], have a work day and then pitch Sunday [against Harrisburg]," Oates said. "After that he'll have a work day and start the first game here against Texas."

Mussina's workout yesterday consisted of 100 pitches. "I'd say threw about half of them at full speed, with no problems," he said. "Everything was OK."

Oates revealed his game plan for Mussina after a meeting witthe pitcher and coach Dick Bosman.

Mussina has started two games since the All-Star break, thmost recent against Kansas City July 21. "I've said all along that he would pitch the first game I felt he was physically and mentally prepared," said Oates, who ruled out the possibility Mussina could be activated after one start for Bowie. "I think that Aug. 20 will be the first time he can be completely ready."

Oates' close call at home

Oates had a scare yesterday when he learned that a tornado had struck a shopping mall in Petersburg, Va., less than a mile from his home. "My daughter [Lori] was getting ready to go to the store where the tornado hit," Oates said, "but decided to wait because it was raining too hard."

Parent gets second start

Catcher Mark Parent was in the starting lineup last night for the second time since his recall from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.

"He's played more than Jeff [Tackett] has recently," Oates said"I want to play both of them, give them both a chance and see what happens."

Tackett, the regular backup, and Parent have split catchinduties since Chris Hoiles was sidelined with a strained muscle in his lower right back. His condition is reported to be improved, but Oates is not yet certain when Hoiles will be able to return to the lineup. "He may not play till we lose," Oates said. "If we keep winning, he'll get plenty of time to make sure he's OK."

Oates said he thought Hoiles probably could play tomorrow, buthat he most likely needed another day or two before returning.

Indians' Tavarez to make debut

Cleveland right-hander Julian Tavarez will make his major-league debut tonight when he faces the Orioles and Fernando Valenzuela.

Tavarez, 20, a native of the Dominican Republic, was added tthe Indians' roster yesterday. He replaced left-hander Cliff Young, who went on the disabled list with bone chips in his elbow.

Tavarez was 11-5 with a 2.42 earned-run average at Single-Kinston this year before earning a promotion to Canton-Akron. He was 2-1 in three starts with an 0.95 ERA in 19 innings with the Double-A team.

O's go to bat for team

When the Orioles collected seven hits in Thursday night's 3-1 win over Milwaukee, it was only the seventh time in 26 games they failed to hit safely at least 10 times.

During that stretch, the Orioles compiled a .306 team battinaverage (273-for-892).

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