Frohwirth is granted release

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

March 21, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Submarine-style reliever Todd Frohwirth experienced the reality of life as a pitcher who doesn't overwork the radar gun: produce today or perish tomorrow.

The Orioles granted Frohwirth his release, one of four cuts they made yesterday, after he declined an invitation to open the year at Triple-A Rochester.

In three seasons out of the Orioles' bullpen, Frohwirth went 11-6 with a 2.18 ERA and averaged 99 1/3 innings.

A nonroster invitee to spring training, Frohwirth second-guessed himself for accepting the invitation.

"I regret coming back," he said after his release yesterday. "I thought they wanted me on the team, but I guess they judged me on what I did in eight innings in spring training and not on the 300 innings I pitched for Baltimore. I've been to eight major-league camps and seen guys have good springs every year, then you look at the back of their baseball cards and it's a different story."

Frohwirth, 31, allowed 27 base runners by hit or walk and had a 12.46 ERA in 8 2/3 exhibition innings.

He was signed by the Orioles as a six-year minor-league free agent before the 1991 season. His 1.87 ERA that year was the second-best among American League relievers with more than 50 innings. Last year, he was 6-7 with a 3.83 ERA after going 4-3, 2.46 in 1992.

"He wasn't going to be one of the 10 pitchers we are taking north with us, so out of courtesy and appreciation for what he has done for us, we decided to let him know right now to give him time to try to find something," Orioles manager Johnny Oates said. "We told him if there is nothing out there for him, we would like him to come back."

Threesome sent to the minors

In other moves, the Orioles optioned outfielder Sherman Obando and left-hander John O'Donoghue to Rochester, and outfielder Alex Ochoa to Double-A Bowie.

O'Donoghue, told he needs to become better at retiring left-handed hitters, will join Rochester's starting rotation.

Obando, a Rule V acquisition before the 1993 season, spent the whole year on the Orioles' roster, except for an injury rehabilitation assignment, but totaled just 92 at-bats. Under the terms of Rule V, a rookie must be offered back to the club from which he was drafted before being sent to the minors.

"He's got outstanding power, but he's young [24] and he needs to play," Oates said.

Ochoa, 21, has 11 hits in 18 at-bats.

Injury updates

Left fielder-turned-center fielder-turned-left fielder Brady Anderson rested a stiff back yesterday, but is expected to play tomorrow when the Orioles resume their schedule at Port Charlotte against the Texas Rangers, according to Oates.

First baseman Paul Carey will wear a cast for the next three weeks and a splint for three weeks after that, then undergo strengthening exercises before returning to action. Carey suffered a nondisplaced fracture of his left forearm in a collision at first base Saturday night.

"I knew it as soon as it happened," Carey said. "There was a golf ball on the side of my wrist and by the pain coming from it I knew it wasn't just a sprain."

A scare for the Phillies

Philadelphia center fielder Milt Thompson and right fielder Tom Marsh were coming in from the outfield after the game's final out yesterday when Thompson noticed Marsh's eyes roll back as the players were on the mound.

"He never passed out, but he started to fall and we grabbed him," Thompson said. "He was staggering a little before the inning, but he said he could make the final three outs."

Two paramedics treated Marsh, 28, on the mound for dehydration. He then was taken to nearby Bay Front Medical Center. He was released after an hour of tests and was told to sit out today's workouts and game.

Marsh has a history of diabetes. His blood pressure was high and his blood sugar borderline low, according to David Raday, a paramedic from the St. Petersburg Fire Department.

"This has happened to him before, so I wasn't overly concerned," Phillies manager Jim Fregosi said. "He should be fine tomorrow."

FROHWIRTH'S STATS

Yr. Club .. .. ..W-L .. .ERA .. .G .. .IP .. .H

'87 Phi. .. .. ..1-0 .. .0.00 ..10 .. .11 .. 12

'88 Phi. .. .. ..1-2 .. .8.25 ..12 .. .12 .. 16

'89 Phi. .. .. ..1-0 .. .3.59 ..45 .. .62 2/3 ..56

'90 Phi. .. .. ..0-1 .. .18.0 ..15 .. ..1 .. .3

'91 O's .. .. ...7-3 .. .1.87 ..51 .. .96 1/3 ..64

'92 O's .. .. .. 4-3 .. .2.46 ..65 .. .106 ..97

'93 O's .. .. ...6-7 .. .3.83 ..70 .. .96 1/3 ..91

Tot. .. .. ... 20-16 .. .2.98 .268 .. 385 1/3 .339

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