Olson gets second opinion and clearance to start throwing again

Orioles notebook

August 21, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Gregg Olson has been given clearance to resume throwing, but it is unlikely he'll return to the active list this month.

The Orioles' ace closer has been sidelined since Aug. 8 with what has been described as a strained ligament in his elbow. There was sufficient concern about a possible tear, however, to have him examined yesterday in Los Angeles by orthopedic surgeon Frank Jobe.

Jobe's opinion was that the injury was slight enough for Olson to resume workouts. "He said I could come back and start throwing," said Olson, who played catch last night.

The plan is for Olson to toss in the outfield three straight days, take a day off, then possibly throw off a mound. Charles Silberstein, the Orioles' orthopedic specialist, requested Olson be examined by Jobe.

"Originally, Dr. Silberstein found evidence of a slight tear," Olson said. "It wasn't that bad -- but I didn't know where to go from there.

"I've been pain-free for about a week, but I haven't been throwing. I threw tonight [last night] and everything was OK.

"We'll see how it goes," Olson said. "The call [on his availability] is mine."

Olson said he had no discussions with Jobe about what the next step might be if rest wasn't the cure for his elbow. "I didn't ask," he said. "I don't want to know."

Manager Johnny Oates said he didn't know when Olson could pitch under game conditions. Asked if a rehabilitation assignment was possible, Oates said: "We're running out of time for rehabilitation. Those places [minor-league teams] shut down in about two weeks."

There is speculation the Orioles might be searching for temporary help in the bullpen. Special assignment scout Fred Uhlman Sr. was spotted in Cincinnati last night, and the Reds reportedly would like to trade Jeff Reardon for a minor-league prospect.

Hoiles impressive in BP

Catcher Chris Hoiles, who is eligible to come off the disabled list whenever he is ready, could return to the lineup next week, possibly sooner.

Sidelined with a strained back muscle since Aug. 2, Hoiles participated in regular batting practice before last night's game. "I hit against the machine yesterday [Thursday] and it felt OK," Hoiles said.

After taking early batting practice yesterday, Hoiles hit with the rest of the squad and had an impressive turn in the batting cage. He hit several balls into the left-field seats and showed no adverse reaction.

The key to Hoiles' return will come today, when the club finds out how he recovers from workouts of the past two days. The last time Hoiles was thought to be close -- when the team was in Detroit last week -- he developed soreness that led to his placement on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 3.

'Pags' gets his number

Mark Parent and Mike Pagliarulo traded numbers yesterday -- but the bounty wasn't close to what Rickey Henderson reportedly paid Turner Ward to obtain his familiar 24 with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Parent gave up the No. 13 he had been wearing since joining the Orioles Aug. 3 and assumed the No. 6 Pagliarulo wore in Seattle for his first three games with the Orioles.

Parent was asked if he got $25,000, the price Henderson supposedly paid Ward. "No," he said, "I get the cowboy hat of my choosing.

"When we get to Texas I'll ask Nolan [Ryan] for some tips [on choosing a hat] -- if I can stay on the team that long," said Parent, who has known Pagliarulo for some time and didn't mind making the swap.

;/ "He is an old friend, so I had to say yes."

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