Davis takes assignment in minors

Orioles notebook

August 28, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Glenn Davis resolved his differences with the Orioles yesterday and accepted a minor-league rehabilitation assignment.

The oft-injured first baseman is scheduled to play for three different minor-league teams during the Ori- oles' nine-game road trip, then rejoin the club when it returns home Sept. 6. Davis reported to the Frederick Keys last night and went 0-for-4, striking out once, in the Keys' 4-1 loss to Durham. He is scheduled to remain with the Single-A club through Thursday.

Davis will then play the next three days with Double-A Bowie before joining Triple-A Rochester the following week.

Assistant general manager Frank Robinson, who is accompanying the Orioles on their road trip, said that no guarantees or promises were made to Davis regarding playing time after he returns. "Nothing was said about how he'll be used," said Robinson, "but we're pleased that Glenn agreed to the [assignment.]"

Rehab routes

Davis won't be alone on a rehab assignment this weekend. Leo Gomez reported to Rochester last night and Jeffrey Hammonds is scheduled to play with Bowie tomorrow night.

Gomez is recovering from surgery on his left wrist, while Hammonds has been sidelined with a slightly herniated disk in the neck area.

Orioles manager Johnny Oates said Gomez and Hammonds would remain in the minor leagues until Sept. 1 "at least." The likelihood is that both will rejoin the Orioles, along with Davis, at the conclusion of this road trip.

Olson update

Gregg Olson is scheduled to throw off a mound before tonight's game. Depending on how he feels,he said he may try to "air it out."

The reliever has been sidelined with a strained elbow ligament since Aug. 8. Oates would not say whether or not his closer would pitching in the minors on a rehab assignment.

"It depends on when he's ready," said Oates. "But if he hasn't been in a game, then I won't use him in a save situation right away. It wouldn't be fair to him to put him in a game under those conditions."

Arlington memory

With the Orioles playing their last series in Arlington Stadium, it brought back a memory for Oates.

"I hit my only inside-the-park home run in this park," said Oates. "It was a line drive over the center fielder's head and there wasn't a play [at home plate]."

That home run, however, was not one of the 14 Oates hit during his major-league career. It came in 1969, when he was playing with the Orioles' Double-A team in Dallas.

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