McDonald to DiSarcina: full count of apologies

Orioles notebook

August 27, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

If being a major-league pitcher means never having to say you're sorry, then Ben McDonald is in the wrong business. He said he was sorry several times after an inside fastball cost California Angels shortstop Gary DiSarcina the rest of the 1993 season.

McDonald came inside on DiSarcina and hit him on the right hand in the fourth inning. X-rays taken at the ballpark revealed a fracture, which left DiSarcina in a cast and out of action indefinitely.

"I feel bad hitting him," McDonald said. "I heard that he broke his thumb, but he knows that I wasn't trying to hit him. I have to pitch inside."

DiSarcina went down in the batter's box in obvious pain, prompting McDonald to do something that not many pitchers would. He came to the plate to see if DiSarcina was all right and then apologized to him as he headed for first base.

Later, after both players had left the game, McDonald ran into DiSarcina again.

"When I came in, I saw him in the X-ray room with a big cast on," McDonald said. "I asked him if he broke it and he said he did. I

said I'm sorry. You feel bad when you put somebody out for the season like that."

Olson aiming for next week

Relief closer Gregg Olson said he felt some minor soreness when he threw on the side before yesterday's game, but he remains hopeful that he'll get back into action sometime next week.

"I felt it a few times," Olson said. "I'd feel some soreness on one pitch, then throw eight or nine and not feel it. They're telling me not to shoot for any particular day, but I'm kind of shooting for sometime next week."

Olson has been on the disabled list with a small tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Gomez bound for Rochester

Third baseman Leo Gomez packed up yesterday and headed for Rochester, N.Y., where he will begin a brief injury rehabilitation assignment tonight with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. He is expected to rejoin the major-league club next week in California.

"That's what they told me," he said. "I'm going to spend three days in Rochester and two days in Richmond and then fly to California to meet the team."

Sutcliffe goes home

Right-hander Rick Sutcliffe returned to the Kansas City, Mo., area yesterday to begin rehabilitating his surgically repaired left knee.

"They've got a very good facility there," manager Johnny Oates said. "It's the place where George Brett rehabbed his knee. Rick asked if he could go back, since his family had gone home, and there was no reason for him to stay here in town all by himself."

Sutcliffe will rejoin the team when the Orioles return from their nine-game road trip.

Good guys wear black

The Orioles dutifully donned their black jerseys in the afternoon heat for McDonald, though there is no explaining why the club still bothers.

Going into yesterday's game, the Orioles were 7-6 in the black jerseys, which mirrors their overall winning percentage. The club was 6-4 in the previous 10 games in black with McDonald on the mound.

Those are not exactly the kind of numbers that superstitions are made of.

Orioles down under

The Orioles have announced that No. 1 draft choice Jay Powell and two other Orioles prospects will play baseball in Australia this winter. Powell, outfielder Curtis Goodwin and right-hander Scott Klingenbeck will play for the Perth Heat, a team that has been affiliated with the Orioles for the past couple of years.

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