Trade still 1st on Segui's agenda

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

March 26, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Segui, relegated to a reserve role when the Orioles signed free-agent first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, remains hopeful he will be traded.

"We've done that many times," Segui said of a trade request he said he made known through agent Tommy Tanzer. "We've expressed that's what we would like, but we're not trying to knock their door down and force anything. We want to give them ample time to do what they want to do.

"Realistically, I don't think anything will happen before the start of the season, but I hope for something to happen."

Expected to play first base today at Al Lang Stadium are the two players the Orioles tried to sign to replace Segui.

They failed in acquiring Will Clark, signed by the Texas Rangers. Clark's name was on the travel list.

Orioles manager Johnny Oates purposely left Palmeiro home when the Orioles visited Port Charlotte, but said he will be in the lineup today.

Flanagan makes O's Hall

Mike Flanagan became the 25th player elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame, the club announced yesterday.

AFlanagan, the fourth-winningest pitcher in Orioles history, spent

15 seasons with Baltimore, went 141-116, and won the 1979 American League Cy Young Award with a 23-9 record.

Orioles general manager Roland Hemond made the announcement in the clubhouse, then handed the microphone to Flanagan, now an HTS analyst. He made a one-sentence remark, then headed to Al Lang Stadium to broadcast the Orioles' 13-6 victory over Minnesota.

"I've had many great moments with the Orioles and I hope to have many more," Flanagan said.

Induction ceremonies will take place before the Sept. 16 game against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.

Rhodes to start Tuesday

Left-hander Arthur Rhodes, hit above the right knee by a line drive Thursday, walked without a limp yesterday.

"It hit me pretty hard, but I'm all right now," Rhodes said. "I don't think I'll miss a start and I shouldn't have any trouble getting my work in. They just told me to take it easy with the running today."

Two put on the DL

Also on the injury front, pitcher Sid Fernandez (shoulder bursitis) and shortstop Manny Alexander (thigh cyst) were placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Fernandez, who may begin light throwing Monday, hasn't pitched since reinjuring his pitching shoulder March 15 against St. Louis.

Alexander hasn't played since undergoing a surgical procedure to have a skin tumor on his thigh removed March 10.

Manuel sent down

Right-hander Barry Manuel cleared waivers and was outrighted to Rochester, leaving 36 players in camp and trimming the major-league roster to 38 players.

Since four non-roster players are competing for Opening Day spots -- catcher Rich Gedman, utility infielder Rene Gonzales, outfielder Lonnie Smith and reliever Mark Williamson -- more roster reductions loom.

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"We'll have to tackle that as we go along," Hemond said.

Another Ball Four shocker

Jim Bouton's book rocked the baseball world a quarter of a century ago, but was it really any more stunning than Thursday's Ball Four trifecta?

Orioles rookie right fielder Jeffrey Hammonds drew three walks in a 1-0 victory over Toronto. Last season, he walked twice in 107 plate appearances.

"Oh, come on now, it isn't that earth-shattering is it?" Hammonds said. "If it happens it happens. I'm not going to be any less aggressive, but being aggressive is not necessarily swinging at bad pitches.

"It did give me a reason to feel good about the game. It gave me an indication I'm settling down and heading in the right direction."

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