Mussina admits fight aggravated injuries 'It sped up what would've come on'

Orioles notebook

August 11, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

DETROIT -- Right-hander Mike Mussina admitted for the first time this week that his back and shoulder problems were aggravated during the June 6 brawl between the Orioles and the Seattle Mariners.

Mussina said at the time that the injury dated back earlier than the brawl, during which he was tackled and thrown to the ground by Mariners catcher Bill Haselman. But he told the Detroit Free Press on Monday that he was worse off after the fight than before it.

"In the brawl, I probably aggravated some things -- in my arm, anyway -- that were already not 100 percent. It just compounded the problem that I was already starting to develop. I think this basically sped up what would have come on."

He dates the actual injury back to his 14-strikeout game against the Detroit Tigers on May 16, but his numbers didn't really take a dive until after the brawl. His pre-fight ERA was 2.78. It is 8.59 since the brawl.

Mussina has been on the disabled list for the past 11 days. He made the first of two injury rehabilitation appearances for the Double-A Bowie Baysox last night and could return to the Orioles rotation as soon as Aug. 20.

Davis swinging well

First baseman Glenn Davis continues to work out in anticipation of a possible Sept. 1 return to the active roster. He is swinging the bat well and feels confident he can still be an offensive force at the plate.

"I figured out some things when I went down to the minor leagues," said Davis, who suffered a broken jaw when he was punched by a nightclub bouncer during a road trip with the Rochester Red Wings.

Davis is wearing a specially designed batting helmet that includes a wrap-around chin guard, but he has not been seen in the football-style mask that he is supposed to wear when he takes ground balls.

"I realize that there is a degree of risk in this game," Davis said, "but I didn't get this far without taking some risk."

McLemore to miss only 1 game

Right fielder/second baseman Mark McLemore will miss only tomorrow's game in Detroit to attend the funeral of his grandfather in Little Rock, Ark., not two days as originally reported.

McLemore will depart the club after tonight's game and rejoin the club in time for Friday's opener of the three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Hoiles slightly improved

Catcher Chris Hoiles remains on the sidelines with a muscle strain in his back. He was expected to be ready to play by now, but manager Johnny Oates said yesterday that his workouts still are restricted.

"He's a little bit better," Oates said, "but he still hasn't swung the bat."

Hoiles apparently played some catch before yesterday's game to see how his back would hold up.

Gomez progressing

Third baseman Leo Gomez, who has spent the past several weeks recovering from minor wrist surgery, threw in the outfield before yesterday's game and hopes to begin swinging a bat this weekend.

But Oates said neither Gomez nor Davis is at the point where there is a timetable for their return to action.

Mac attack

If the season had started on April 23, McLemore would have entered last night's game ranked third in the American League with 123 hits.

Only Toronto Blue Jays stars John Olerud (131) and Paul Molitor (129) have more.

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