Hammonds headed to L.A. for neck exam Orioles notebook

Orioles notebook

August 09, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Jeffrey Hammonds is flying to Los Angeles today for more tests on his neck and may not be available for the game in Detroit tonight.

Dr. Robert Watkins, a spine and neck specialist, will examinHammonds' medical records in addition to giving the rookie outfielder another test. Hammonds has been available only on a limited basis lately and has been bothered by a neck injury throughout the year.

"Hopefully he'll be able to rejoin the team for [tonight's] game,said general manager Roland Hemond.

A magnetic resonance imaging exam conducted last week indicated that Hammonds has a slightly herniated disk in the neck area.

To this point there has been no indication that surgery is necessary, or that Hammonds might have to go on the disabled list. But the Orioles expect to find out more after today's examination and test.

McLemore, Voigt streaking

Mark McLemore reached base eight straight times over three games before flying out in the fifth inning yesterday.

During the stretch, McLemore had two walks and six hitsincluding a homer and double in his first two at-bats yesterday. He has reached base via a hit or walk in 29 of his past 30 games.

Not to be outdone, Jack Voigt also reached base eight straightimes before striking out against Eric Plunk in the 10th inning yesterday. Like McLemore, Voigt had six hits and two walks in three games.

Voigt had a key pinch-hit single against Cleveland reliever DereLilliquist during the Orioles' four-run rally in the eighth inning yesterday. It was his second hit in two at-bats against the Indians left-hander.

"I've faced him ever since Little League," said Voigt, who greup in Venice, Fla., a few miles south of Sarasota, Lilliquist's hometown.

They played against each other in high school and college, but not professionally until Friday night -- when Voigt doubled for the third time in the eighth inning.

Driving foes batty

During the Orioles' seven-game winning streak they have hit .333 (78-for-234) and scored 54 runs.

Yesterday was the 22nd time in the past 29 games the Orioles collected at least 10 hits. During that span they are hitting .309 (308-for-998) to raise their season average to .269.

Mike Devereaux has driven in a run in all seven games of the streak. Brady Anderson is hitting .409 (9-for-22) in the same stretch.

Otter's record hunt

Gregg Olson's next save will be his 30th of the year -- and put him in exclusive company again.

The all-time saves leader (160) for his age (26), Olson needs onmore to register his fourth straight 30-save season. Only six others in history have had 30 or more saves in four straight years -- Dennis Eckersley, Bobby Thigpen, Lee Smith, Dan Quisenberry, Jeff Reardon and John Franco.

Sweeping success

The Orioles completed their fifth series sweep of the year and have won 13 of the past 19 series they've played (13-3-3).

It was the first sweep against Cleveland since 1988.

The Orioles are 5-4 in extra-inning games, and the Indians, who haven't won a game when trailing after eight innings this year (0-56), are 0-5 in overtime.

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