Mussina's season over exam shows no progress Club doctor tells ace: take rest of year off

Orioles notebook

September 25, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

It's official: Mike Mussina has pitched for the last time this season.

The right-hander was briefly examined before batting practice yesterday by club physician Charles Silberstein, who urged Mussina to take the rest of the year off.

"All he [Silberstein] did was suggest that we shut him down for the rest of the year, and that was the end of the conversation," manager Johnny Oates said.

Mussina, who has battled nagging injuries to his shoulder and back for the past four months, said Silberstein's examination was short and to the point.

"He said it looks just like it did a couple of months ago," Mussina said. "He said it would be best if you took some time off and let it get better."

Mussina, who finishes the season with a 14-6 record -- the best mark on the staff -- with a 4.46 ERA, has tendinitis in his shoulder, which has caused him to alter his mechanics to compensate for the injury.

Mussina said Silberstein told him that he did not need a more extensive examination and that there did not appear to be extensive damage.

Mussina said he would take some time off and rest before beginning postseason rehabilitation work and preseason conditioning.

"I'll try not to be too impatient," Mussina said.

Oates said Rick Sutcliffe will take Mussina's two remaining starts, Monday night against the New York Yankees and next Saturday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.

No word on Olson

Neither Oates nor Gregg Olson could say definitively whether the closer would pitch again this season.

"We'll just see how the game goes," Oates said. "If the situation presents itself that it helps the ballclub and him, then we'll use him."

Olson, who was reactivated Monday after missing six weeks with an elbow strain, was less certain than Oates.

"I'm going to have to sit down with Johnny and Bos [pitching coach Dick Bosman] to see where we go from here," Olson said.

Olson, who had been making progress toward returning to regular duty, threw Wednesday and seemed to have a setback, at least in Oates' eyes. "Everything's the same. It's been a long, slow process," Olson said. "We'll sit down and make a decision."

Devereaux leaves early

Center fielder Mike Devereaux left last night's game in the fourth inning and was replaced by Jack Voigt.

Devereaux, who has been plagued by a sore right heel, appeared to aggravate the injury in the fourth inning, when he leaped above the wall to try to pull back a home run from Travis Fryman of the Detroit Tigers.

Clothes make the man

Rookie pitcher John O'Donoghue grinned sheepishly yesterday when asked about the unexpected wardrobe change he underwent in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

"I'll probably hold onto those clothes," O'Donoghue said. "It's something I'll hopefully get to do to someone one day."

Several Orioles rookies were surprised to find alternate and unappealing clothing in their lockers Wednesday as they prepared to leave Municipal Stadium for the trip home.

They were embarrassed, to say the least.

"I started looking at [fellow pitcher Mike] Oquist and his outfit, and I lost it," O'Donoghue said. "Then, I looked down at my pink pants, and I laughed even harder."


Harold Baines is batting .349 (60-for-172) at Camden Yards and could have the highest single-season home batting average for an Oriole. The current high, among Orioles with at least 50 hits, is Al Bumbry's .353 in 1973. . . . At 2 hours, 12 minutes, last night's game was the shortest at Camden Yards this season. . . . The shutout was the 11th of the season against the Orioles. . . . With last night's win, Tigers pitcher John Doherty is 3-0 lifetime against the Orioles with a 1.23 ERA.




Date ... Tor. ... ... N.Y. ... ... ... Bal.

9/25 ... N.Y. ... ... at Tor. .. .. .. Det.

9/26 ... N.Y. ... ... at Tor. .. .. .. Det.

9/27 ... at Mil. .. .. at O's .. .. .. N.Y.

9/28 ... at Mil. .. .. at O's .. .. .. N.Y.

9/29 ... at Mil. .. .. at O's .. .. .. N.Y.

9/30 ... at O's ... .. Off ... ... ... Tor.

10/1 ... at O's ... .. Det. .. ... ... Tor.

10/2 ... at O's ... .. Det. .. ... ... Tor.

10/3 ... at O's ... .. Det. .. ... ... Tor.

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