Fernandez, Mills provide healthy dose of good news

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

April 03, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

A lopsided victory over Philadelphia in the exhibition finale was not the only good news emanating from Camden Yards yesterday.

Pitching coach Dick Bosman received some encouraging signs from the members of his staff who have experienced health problems.

Sid Fernandez was on the mound for 14 minutes of batting practice and said he "threw OK. I'll be throwing again soon."

Fernandez, on the disabled list with bursitis in his left shoulder, is tentatively scheduled to make his first start April 17 at Texas.

The session "went very well," said manager Johnny Oates. "Sid was getting it up there pretty good with no pain. This is the first time he aired it out."

The plan is for Fernandez to throw early batting practice on Opening Day, and Bosman said he will continue his routine "without the screen [protecting him]. He is a little concerned about his control with that out there."

A favorable report also came in on Alan Mills, who was supposed to go in the exhibition, but instead threw for about 10 minutes in the bullpen.

"It feels fine," said Mills, who has been troubled by soreness in his back. "Everything was OK."

Mills has been bothered by the soreness for more than a week and missed a scheduled start against the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

But he has not allowed an earned run is six innings since the back started acting up.

Oates said Ben McDonald and Arthur Rhodes will throw batting practice during today's workout, with McDonald testing his tender elbow.

The starting rotation for opening week lists Mike Mussina and McDonald in the Kansas City series followed by Jamie Moyer, Mussina and Rhodes against Texas.

Spring cleaning

Yesterday's 9-3 victory gave the Orioles a 13-6-1 record in the last 20 spring games. They finished 15-15-1 in the exhibition season, their third straight non-losing record.

Brady Anderson had six doubles in his last six spring games and Chris Hoiles finished with a .343 average, two home runs, three doubles and 12 RBIs in his final 14 games.

Big crowd

The sellout crowd of 46,950 was the second largest in stadium history, eclipsed only by the 48,147 at last year's All-Star Game.

For 13 home dates in Florida, the Orioles drew 64,478.

Miscellaneous

Catcher Craig Faulkner and pitchers Jason Satre and Tom Wegmann reported back to the Orioles' minor-league camp after the game. . . . Copies of the Orioles' media guide are on sale via mail for $10, plus $3 postage and handling. Write to Orioles Media Guide, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 West Camden St., Baltimore, Md. 21201.

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