Alexander will be out for rest of spring camp

March 12, 1994|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Rookie shortstop Manny Alexander will miss the rest of spring training after undergoing a minor surgical procedure in Baltimore on Thursday. He should be ready to play in time for Triple-A Rochester's opening game.

Two weeks ago, Alexander had what was originally described as a cyst removed from his thigh. Further tests revealed a dermal sarcoma, which is a skin tumor that Orioles doctors emphasized doesn't have the potential of spreading.

Alexander returned to Baltimore to have a margin around the original incision removed. Dr. George Elias, who performed the procedure, said Alexander will experience a complete recovery.

Elias described the mass as a "very rare skin tumor." He said Alexander will be out for three weeks because of the incision and then will need two weeks of rehabilitation.

Alexander returned to Florida yesterday, and the Orioles have been assured that he will experience no side effects. Alexander, 23, had been considered a candidate for a utility job with the Orioles before they signed Rene Gonzales as a free agent. Now, Alexander is expected to play a second year in Rochester.

At Rochester last year, Alexander led International League shortstops with a .966 fielding average and had 31 multihit games, third on the team. He was called up to the Orioles in September, and he played three games as a pinch runner.

Vaughn going to Redskins

For every addition the Orioles have made on the field this year, it seems there has been a subtraction from the front office.

The exodus continued yesterday, when director of public relations Rick Vaughn accepted a similar position with the Washington Redskins. Vaughn, 38, was starting his 10th year with the Orioles.

Vaughn came to the Orioles in 1984 from the Washington Federals of the USFL. After four years as an assistant, he was named director of public relations before the 1989 season.

Vaughn's departure has nothing to do with the new Orioles ownership. In making the move, Vaughn cited a desire to spend more time with his family as a primary consideration. He will remain with the Orioles until Opening Day.

Streak stops

The Orioles collected at least 12 hits in each of their first seven exhibition games, but that streak ended yesterday, when they split their squad for a pair of games.

The team in Vero Beach managed six hits against a half-dozen Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers in a 10-inning, 2-1 loss. The team that went to Homestead, Fla., fared even worse, losing, 10-1, to ++ the Florida Marlins.

Mark McLemore and Jack Voigt each had two hits at Vero Beach, with McLemore's third-inning single driving in the Orioles' only run. The Dodgers scored the winning run against Rick Forney after an error by Gonzales at shortstop, a single and Darryl Strawberry's one-out infield grounder that was hit too slow to turn into a double play.

In Homestead, it was not a good day for left-handers. Starter John O'Donoghue gave up four hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings, and Brad Pennington allowed four hits and as many runs in two-thirds of an inning. Alex Ochoa had two hits in that game for a total of five in his past three games.

Jeffrey Hammonds went hitless in three at-bats, ending a six-game hitting streak. Chris Sabo also went hitless in three at-bats. He had gone 5-for-9 in his previous three games, 6-for-10 over the past four and 7-for-15 in the past five games.

Miscellaneous

McLemore left the Vero Beach game in the eighth inning after he was slightly banged up sliding into second base to break up a double play. "I just got a knee in the hip," he said. "No big deal."

Ben McDonald makes his second start of the spring this afternoon, facing the Marlins in Viera, Fla. He will be followed by Mark Williamson. Alan Mills is the scheduled starter for 'u tomorrow's game against the Phillies in St. Petersburg.

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