Following setback, Olson likely candidate for DL

Orioles notebook

August 13, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

DETROIT -- Closer Gregg Olson said Wednesday that he was optimistic about a quick return from the elbow soreness that has sidelined him the past few days, but that optimism no longer was apparent yesterday.

"If I was a guessing man, I'd guess he's about halfway there," manager Johnny Oates said, "and that's being totally optimistic."

Olson has been sent home to Baltimore for further examination ** and seems likely to be placed on the disabled list this weekend. The Orioles probably will call up at least one pitcher to bolster the tired bullpen for the opener of the three-game series in New York tonight.

Olson, who is suffering from an inflamed forearm flexor, apparently suffered a setback after he talked to reporters Wednesday afternoon. He tried to play catch before the game and experienced continued pain.

"He went to play soft toss and there was discomfort, so he stopped," Oates said.

The club had hoped to avoid putting Olson on the DL, but it now seems apparent he'll be out at least another week or more. In his absence, Todd Frohwirth figures to work in the closer role.

Gladden gets another chance

Tigers left fielder Dan Gladden got his chance to hit a grand slam in three consecutive games, which would have been a major-league record. He came up with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, but settled for a run-scoring single.

Hoiles could return tonight

Catcher Chris Hoiles, who has been out of action for 10 games with a muscle strain in his lower back, could return for tonight's game.

"Chris is possible tomorrow," Oates said. "I'll show him his numbers against [Jim] Abbott and maybe he'll want to play."

Hoiles has had tremendous success against tonight's Yankees starter, with 11 hits, two doubles, a home run and five RBI in 14 career at-bats against Abbott.

Center fielder Mike Devereaux also has some good numbers against Abbott -- 11 hits in 21 at-bats.

Sutcliffe revisited

Rick Sutcliffe denied Wednesday night that his performance was affected by a two-day bout with the flu, but pitching coach Dick Bosman said it had to be a factor in Sutcliffe's brief performance.

"He was sick," Bosman said. "He warmed up pretty good, but it looked like he sapped whatever he had. Sut shows no pain or emotion, so you don't know. You have to take a chance and see if he has got it going."

Bosman on Moyer

Tonight's starter, Jamie Moyer, has been struggling lately, so Bosman has been studying his mechanics and pitch selection for signs of trouble.

"I think his mix of pitches isn't as good as it was a few starts back," said Bosman, "but it's hard to tell. If you make a pitch and somebody rakes it, it's a bad pitch, but if they miss it, it's a good pitch.

"I'd like to get him back to the sequence of pitches that has gotten him the success that he has had."

Lost in the shuffle

The three-day barrage the Orioles endured overshadowed a few decent Orioles offensive performances, including a four-hit performance over the last two games by Tim Hulett that raised his team-high average to .335. In addition Wednesday, Sherman Obando hit a three-run home run off the foul pole in left and Mark McLemore had another multi-hit game. Devereaux drove in three runs and has 13 RBI in the past 11 games.

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