Olson throws, but no relief in sight Orioles notebook

August 29, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Gregg Olson threw on the sidelines here yesterday with mixed results. He seemed a little disappointed, but manager Johnny Oates saw about what he expected to see.

"Not really," Olson responded when asked if he was satisfied with his workout. "I'd like to be a little further along. But I guess I've got a few adhesions in there [his elbow] and I guess it takes awhile for them to break loose."

Olson estimated that he threw at about 75 percent, which was all that Oates expected. "He [Olson] keeps talking about a couple of days," said the manager. "It [the workout] wasn't what he expected, but it's what I expected.

"It's going to take some time, if it gets done at all."

That was the first hint that Olson might have to shut it down for the season, although Oates did not suggest that was likely. Oates did, however, indicate it could be another two weeks at least before Olson returns.

"If he pitches in a major-league game before we get home I'll be surprised -- pleasantly surprised," said Oates.

Olson has been sidelined since Aug. 8 with a strained ligament in his right elbow.

Ryan placed on DL

Nolan Ryan's pulled rib-cage muscle is not progressing as fast as the Rangers would like. After throwing on the side yesterday, Ryan was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night in Boston, and last night, the Rangers put Ryan on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 22. Ryan last pitched Aug. 21 against the Orioles at Camden Yards, and left after three innings.

The Rangers, taking advantage of late-season days off, are going with a four-man rotation in Ryan's absence.

Devereaux gets a rest

Mike Devereaux wasn't in the Orioles' lineup last night as Oates decided to give his struggling center fielder a rest. "Other than the off days, he hasn't had any time off since we started back up [after the All-Star break]," said Oates.

"This will give him two of three days off. He'll play tomorrow, then have Monday off."

Devereaux, hitting .258 with 11 home runs and 60 RBI for the season, had only one hit in 27 at-bats (.037) in the past seven games. The slump has knocked 15 points off his average.

With Devereaux out of the lineup, Cal Ripken hit in the No. 3 spot, the first time he has been in that spot since July 5.

Struggles at the plate

Devereaux isn't the only Oriole struggling at the plate. Harold Reynolds was hitless in his previous 15 at-bats going into last night's game.

Chris Hoiles is 2-for-12 since returning from the disabled list last Tuesday. Tim Hulett was 1-for-14 in his past five games and 6-for-34 in his past 11, but still is hitting .311 for the season.

David Segui took a .301 average into last night's game, but had only four RBI in his past 28 games.

Rangers meet after spat

The Rangers had a team meeting after batting last night, apparently inspired by a mild shouting match between catcher Ivan Rodriguez and outfielder Gary Redus.

The verbal sparring took place while Rodriguez was hitting. "Do your work," Rodriguez yelled at Redus, who opened the exchange while walking across the infield.

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