SEATTLE -- Closer Gregg Olson will travel to Los Angeles today to have his sore elbow examined by orthopedic specialist Dr. Frank Jobe.
Olson underwent extensive testing earlier this week to determine the cause of persistent soreness in the area. The injury has been diagnosed as a strained ulnar collateral ligament -- and club officials said nothing in the test results indicated otherwise -- but no one wants to take any chances with the most productive young relief pitcher in history.
The second opinion was requested by Olson and agent Jeff Moorad, who felt there was nothing to lose by taking the extra precaution with Olson already on the disabled list.
"We just felt it was prudent to get a second opinion, especially on a part of the body that is so critical to a pitcher," Moorad said. "We felt it was prudent to get feedback from a neutral physician."
Moorad said the decision is not an indication Olson has taken a turn for the worse. In fact, he said yesterday that Olson might be throwing again soon. He becomes eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday.
Manager Johnny Oates said earlier this week that he had mapped out his starting rotation only through Saturday night's game against the Texas Rangers, but the probable pitchers for the series released by the club yesterday also included left-hander Arthur Rhodes on Sunday. The final spot in the series rotation remains undecided, but Oates will have to determine in the next few days whether struggling right-hander Rick Sutcliffe will come back to start the series finale Monday.
Segui's return raises questions
First baseman David Segui completed his three-day suspension and will rejoin the team in Baltimore in time for tomorrow night's series opener against Texas. He spent the past few days at home in Kansas City with his wife, who has been ill.
Segui's return leaves Oates with a decision to make. Oates must decide whether to give newcomer Mike Pagliarulo some regular playing time at third base now that he won't be needed at first.
Tim Hulett, who has been filling in for injured Leo Gomez at third, continues to swing the bat well, but made five errors on the 10-game road trip.
Tuesday in review
All was quiet in the Orioles clubhouse after Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Mariners. Oates closed his office to reporters and rTC relief pitcher Alan Mills declined to comment after he gave up the game-winning hit to Bret Boone.
It was that kind of night. Left-hander Fernando Valenzuela pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, only to come up with his fifth consecutive no-decision when the Mariners scored four times in the eighth inning.
The Orioles scored all three of their runs in the fifth, the first on an RBI single by Hulett and the others on a bases-loaded single by Mark McLemore after an intentional walk to Brady Anderson. McLemore has four hits in six bases-loaded situations and is hitting over .300 with runners in on scoring position.
Big series for Brady
Anderson came into the series at the Kingdome with four hits in his previous 24 at-bats, but he improved that in a hurry. He had two hits and two RBI in yesterday's game to complete the three-game series with six hits (and two walks) in 11 at-bats (.545).