The early reports are good on the three Orioles who were given physical examinations yesterday by Dr. Charles Silberstein, the club's orthopedic specialist.
Pitcher Mike Mussina was given a clean bill of health, while reliever Gregg Olson and outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds showed progress from the injuries that sidelined them last year.
Hammonds, bothered all season by a herniated disk in the upper neck, is scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging next week. Olson, sidelined the past two months because of a partial tear in the elbow ligament, will stay on the same rehabilitation plan and won't begin throwing until January.
"Dr. Silberstein said that Mussina is back to normal -- no painor discomfort," said general manager Roland Hemond. "He [Dr. Silberstein] was also pleased by the progress of Olson and Hammonds, that their exams were normal.
"Gregg said that he is feeling fine and that he has no pain. Dr. Silberstein urged that he stay on the same program and not do any throwing until January to give the elbow a chance to heal fully.
"Hammonds has shown progress in his healing process," said Hemond, who was briefed after returning from meetings in Florida. "He is going to see Dr. Albert Dudley III at Hopkins next week to have an MRI done so we can compare it to the one taken at the end of the season."
Although yesterday's reports are not conclusive on Olson and Hammonds, Hemond said he was optimistic about the progress of both.