Closer call is for Poole, Frohwirth

Orioles notebook

August 14, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Orioles manager Johnny Oates isn't certain how he'll replace closer Gregg Olson, who went on the disabled list yesterday.

"For right now at least, it'll be [Todd] Frohwirth and [Jim] Poole,said Oates. "They're really the only ones we have available.

"But we've got four experienced guys out there [FrohwirthPoole, Alan Mills and Mark Williamson] who could be used in that role. We'll have to play it by ear."

Newcomers John O'Donoghue and Mike Oquist were in lonrelief roles last night, though it's uncertain how long either will stay with the club. The Orioles now have four pitchers -- Anthony Telford and Jamie Moyer are the other two -- who started the season with Triple-A Rochester.

O'Donoghue was 7-4 with a 3.38 ERA for the Red Wings, whilOquist was 7-7 with a 3.85 ERA.

Sutcliffe battles flu

Rick Sutcliffe, who was knocked out in the first inning in Detroit on Wednesday, was not one of the pitchers Oates could call on last night.

The veteran right-hander, who has been battling the flu, came tthe park to do his side work yesterday, but then returned to the team's hotel. His next scheduled start is Monday night in Seattle.

Segui still waiting

For David Segui, no news was good news yesterday. A hearing had not yet been set for his appeal of a three-game suspension levied for his part in the brawl with Seattle on June 6. It was expected that Segui would be summoned to the office of league president Bobby Brown this weekend. The meeting of owners in Wisconsin this week may have gotten Segui a reprieve.

Left out

The Orioles had heavy odds stacked against them in the first two games of this weekend's series, when Moyer and Arthur Rhodes were the scheduled starters. With last night's win over Moyer, the Yankees are 17-2 against left-handed starters at home, 25-14 overall.

Sick call

Leo Gomez engaged in soft toss before last night's game and also hit off a batting tee. The injured third baseman (left wrist) will start taking regular batting practice next week in Seattle, but probably won't be ready to come off the disabled list until Sept. 1. Oates remains hopeful that rookie outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds will respond to treatment and be able to finish the year. He is sidelined with a herniated disk in the neck area.

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