Segui to sit out his suspension

Orioles notebook

August 16, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Although he was not contacted by the American League office to set up a hearing date, David Segui has dropped the appeal of his three-game suspension.

The first baseman, one of three Orioles cited for participation in the June 6 brawl against Seattle, will begin his suspension immediately, missing three games against the Mariners. Alan Mills and Rick Sutcliffe previously sat out their three-game bans.

The decision to drop his appeal was made after Segui consulted with manager Johnny Oates. "From here on out, there is no good time [to lose Segui]," Oates said. "But this is when we expected him to serve it."

In Segui's absence, Oates said he has several first-base candidates, including newly acquired Mike Pagliarulo. With left-hander Dave Fleming scheduled to pitch for the Mariners tonight, right-handed-hitting Jack Voigt is likely to get the call at first base.

"I might go with every right-handed hitter I've got, even though he can be as effective against them as left-handers," said Oates. "Voigt can play there and so can [Sherman] Obando or [Mark] Parent."

Oates hinted that Obando would get a start against Fleming, probably as the designated hitter. "I'm going to work on a lineup during the plane ride [to Seattle], but that [using Obando as DH] would give me a chance to give [Harold] Baines a night off the AstroTurf," said Oates.

Baines has reached base via a hit or walk in 24 of his past 27 starts, but is hitting only .128 (6-for-47) in his past 13 games.

Mussina on road back

Mike Mussina's strong performance in his second rehabilitation assignment for Double-A Bowie yesterday assures his return to the Orioles' rotation this weekend.

Mussina and Ben McDonald, most likely in that order, will pitch two of the three games against the Texas Rangers this weekend at Oriole Park.

The Orioles don't want to do anything to disrupt McDonald, whose usual turn would come Friday, but the feeling is this isn't a bad time to give him an extra day of rest. Oates also has to take Arthur Rhodes into consideration.

Rhodes pitched Saturday, and if he is the third pitcher in the Texas series, he would be pitching on the eighth day. In addition, whoever faces the Rangers in the first two games would miss them in Texas the following weekend.

"There's a lot of things to be taken into consideration," said Oates, who won't reveal his plans until he discusses the overall picture with pitching coach Dick Bosman.

Oates hasn't indicated who will leave the rotation to make room for Mussina, but it almost certainly will be one of the other two left-handers, Jamie Moyer or Fernando Valenzuela.

The only other possibility would appear to be sending Rhodes back to Triple-A Rochester, but that isn't warranted.

Moyer is more familiar and better suited to pitching in relief, so he would appear to be the logical choice for that role, even though he has pitched well as a starter.

DL forms Baltimore chapter

"Most of the 'M*A*S*H' unit will be back in Baltimore," Oates said when asked about his injured players before the Orioles left for Seattle last night.

"[Gregg] Olson and Mussina are already there, and [Chris] Hoiles, [Jeffrey] Hammonds and [Glenn] Davis are all going back to see doctors and get treatments."

Oates spoke briefly with Olson after yesterday's game and reported that the reliever said he "felt better." In this case, however, "better" is only a step up from "not good."

Olson is scheduled for more tests on his elbow this week. Meanwhile, the Orioles are hoping Hoiles (strained back) will be ready to return the next homestand.

Thanks but no thanks, Glenn

Oates dismissed the remote possibility that Davis might be activated and play in Segui's place.

"I had a talk with Glenn the other day, and I told him I couldn't see activating him without seeing some at-bats first," said Oates.

That means a rehabilitation assignment, and there are only a few weeks left in the minor-league season, which means such a move would have to take place soon.

Bielecki done for year

Rochester pitcher Mike Bielecki, unhappy with his performance, requested and was given his release. Bielecki, from Dundalk, was 5-3 with a 5.03 ERA for the Red Wings.

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