Olson tests show no structural damage

Orioles notebook

August 17, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

SEATTLE -- Right-hander Gregg Olson finally got some good news about his sore elbow yesterday. Tests performed in Baltimore revealed no structural damage, so he has a good chance of returning to the active roster in September.

Olson, who was placed on the disabled list Friday with a strained ulnar collateral ligament, underwent an arthrogram and a CT scan under the supervision of Orioles orthopedist Dr. Charles Silberstein. The club announced last night that both tests were normal and that Olson may be able to begin throwing lightly in seven to 10 days.

He might still need a couple of weeks beyond that to get back up to speed, but the picture is far rosier than it would have been if something had shown up in yesterday's tests.

Mussina to pitch Friday

Right-hander Mike Mussina will return to the Orioles' starting rotation to start Friday night's game against the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards, but manager Johnny Oates isn't looking much farther ahead than that.

"Mike will go Friday and Ben [McDonald] will pitch Saturday," Oates said. "I don't know who's going to pitch Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday."

Mussina will come off the disabled list after making a pair of injury rehabilitation starts for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. He has been bothered by shoulder and back stiffness since mid-May, but Oates is satisfied that he has put those problems behind him.

"He was pronounced physically OK after his first [minor-league] outing and he threw enough pitches in his last outing to be ready," Oates said. "So as far as I know, he's ready."

Who will stay and who will go from the rotation when Mussina returns? That apparently is very much up in the air.

Oates said he will map out his pitching over the next three weeks to determine who will serve him best. Someone, be it Fernando Valenzuela, Jamie Moyer or Rick Sutcliffe, is going to lose some mound time.

"I have no idea what's going to happen," Oates said. "There's a chance one guy could go next week and another guy could go the next time to give the team a different look."

Gomez backing off

Third baseman Leo Gomez, who is recovering from wrist surgery, suffered renewed soreness when he tried to swing a bat over the weekend in New York. He has been told to back off his rehabilitation program for at least the next few days.

"I keep waiting," said Gomez, who suffered a setback earlier in the rehab process when he tore his stitches. "I took 25 swings in New York and it swelled up again. They said don't do any more.

"I'm just waiting to see what happens. I'm not going to rush it. I rushed it before and my stitches popped out. Now, I want to take my time and make sure I'm 100 percent when I come back."

The extended period of inactivity has convinced Gomez to play an entire season of winter baseball at home in Puerto Rico this year, no matter what the final seven weeks of the major-league season bring.

The Schullstrom chronicles

Pitcher Erik Schullstrom was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins to complete the deal for third baseman Mike Pagliarulo, adding another leg to his strange journey through the lower levels of professional baseball.

Schullstrom was traded along with shortstop Ricky Gutierrez to the San Diego Padres for left-hander Craig Lefferts last August, but was claimed by the Orioles on waivers in April.

He was passed through waivers again this month and claimed by the Twins as the player to be named in the deal for Pagliarulo.

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