McLemore adds AL star to his standout season

Orioles notebook

August 10, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

DETROIT -- Mark McLemore yesterday became the second Oriole this year to be named American League Player of the Week.

McLemore led the league with 13 hits last week to join catcher Chris Hoiles, who has won the award twice this year. Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela also won league honors recently when he was named AL Pitcher of the Month for July.

The award was the latest highlight in a surprising season for McLemore, who came to spring training in a utility role and won the right-field job despite little experience.

He has had a solid season at the plate -- even leading the club in RBI at one point this summer -- and improved on it with a .419 average last week. He had two doubles, a triple, two home runs and six RBI to beat out the New York Yankees' Don Mattingly for the weekly honor.

Hammonds goes to L.A.

Rookie Jeffrey Hammonds spent part of yesterday in Los Angeles undergoing a battery of tests to determine the cause of continued pain in his right shoulder stemming from a problem in his neck.

The injury has been diagnosed as a pinched nerve, but the latest round of testing may determine whether the radiating pain is the result of a slightly herniated spinal disk.

Manager Johnny Oates indicated the test results probably would not be available for several days. Hammonds was due to rejoin the club last night, but had not returned at game time.

McLemore to miss two games

McLemore will leave the team tomorrow to attend the funeral of his grandfather in Little Rock, Ark., and will miss two games. He is expected to rejoin the club Friday.

Hoiles still on shelf

Catcher Chris Hoiles remained out of the starting lineup last night, though he told Oates he is bouncing back from the back strain that has kept him out the past week.

"He's feeling a whole lot better," Oates said, "but he'd still have trouble swinging the bat."

There is no rush to push him back into the lineup, especially with backup catchers Jeff Tackett and Mark Parent playing well in his place. Parent, who had a two-run homer last night, has driven in seven runs in four games and Tackett has two game-winning RBI.

Relief worries

Before Arthur Rhodes' eight-inning effort last night, Oates was concerned with the depth of his bullpen.

"We're getting to the point where if we don't get some innings out of our starters, we're going to be a little short in the bullpen."

It's either feast or famine. There had been some grumblings from the bullpen about lack of work. Now, it's the other way around.

"That's what we've said all along," Oates said. "You can't please them. They're either getting too much work or not enough."

Roster move

The Orioles picked up a minor-league prospect yesterday, taking right-handed pitcher Barry Manuel (2-2, 7.99 ERA) on waivers from the Triple-A Oklahoma City 89ers of the Texas Rangers organization.

Tigers-Red Sox rumor

The Tigers are rumored to be working on a deal that would send outfielder Rob Deer to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for veteran right-hander Scott Bankhead.

Cheers to Chuck

To celebrate Chuck Thompson's induction into the broadcasters' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden is holding a salute at noon Thursday in the County Courts plaza between the old and new courthouses in Towson.

Scheduled to attend are former Orioles Brooks Robinson, Boog Powell, Paul Blair, Ken Singleton, Pat Kelly and Tippy Martinez, as well as former Colts John Unitas, Lenny Moore, Art Donovan, Jim Parker, Tom Matte, Stan White and Joe Ehrmann.

The public is invited; free hot dogs and sodas will be available. If it rains, the celebration will be held at the Towson Armory, 307 Washington Ave.

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