Hoiles steps up pace, eyes weekend return

Orioles notebook

August 12, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

DETROIT -- Injured catcher Chris Hoiles expanded his workout yesterday and hopes to be ready to return to game action in the coming series against the Yankees in New York.

Hoiles has been sidelined for the past 10 games with a strained muscle in his lower back. He played catch and took batting practice Tuesday, then worked out behind the plate before last night's game against the Detroit Tigers.

"I guess it all depends on how I feel," he said. "It didn't really bother me at all on Tuesday, so maybe I can come back in a few games. Hopefully one of the games in New York."

It hasn't been an urgent situation, with reserve catchers Mark Parent and Jeff Tackett contributing heavily to the club's recent eight-game winning streak. But Hoiles is the club leader with 20 home runs.

"I'm sure I would have felt worse if we had been losing," he said. "At least, the team continued to win without me, but it's still hard to watch.

Last year, I missed two months and it was pretty much the same situation, though earlier in the season. It is not as severe as last year, but it still is hard to sit and watch knowing that you'd be in there if you weren't hurt."

Williamson sore

Right-hander Mark Williamson was unavailable to pitch on Monday and Tuesday nights because of stiffness in his back. "He's got a knot in his back," Oates said, "but he said he can pitch."

He was pressed into service last night after Rick Sutcliffe and Anthony Telford were rocked for 13 runs in the first four innings. Williamson gave up two runs in three innings.

Olson coming along

Reliever Gregg Olson said his sore arm has improved with two days of rest and anti-inflammatory medication and he could be back on the mound in the next day or two.

"I have hope of pitching very soon," said Olson, who last appeared in a game on Sunday. "I'm very optimistic and very anxious."

Nevertheless, Oates probably will be conservative with his closer. He doesn't want to risk losing him for an extended period at this critical point in the season.

Schullstrom off roster

Bowie Baysox pitcher Erik Schullstrom was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Telford. Schullstrom was the pitcher the Orioles traded to the San Diego Padres for left-hander Craig Lefferts last season and was reclaimed from the Padres on waivers earlier this year.

Oates on Mussina

Right-hander Mike Mussina was not overpowering in the first of two injury rehabilitation appearances for the Baysox, but Oates said reports of the two-inning outing were positive.

"He threw in the high 80s and low 90s," Oates said. "The best part about it was, he's excited and feeling good physically. But you don't base it on one outing. You have to give him a chance to get ready mentally and physically to pitch."

Ballpark tour adds exhibit

Beginning today, tours of Oriole Park at Camden Yards will include the Nabisco Hometown Heroes Exhibit at Camden Station. The exhibit highlights a century of Baltimore baseball and includes the 1983 World Series trophy, a photo time line of the modern-day Orioles and a life-size replica of the 1993 Orioles team photo.

Admission to the tour is $5 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for children 16 and under. For those who want to visit only the exhibit, admission is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and children.

Ballpark tours are given Mondays through Saturdays, every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. No tours will be given when the Orioles play an afternoon home game.

Fans can visit the exhibit at the above hours, or on game days from 10:30 a.m. to game time and Sunday game days from 10:30 a.m. to the end of the game.

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