Sore McDonald weathers Detroit start

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

April 13, 1994|By Ken Rosenthal | Ken Rosenthal,Sun Staff Writer

DETROIT -- Orioles right-hander Ben McDonald continues to experience soreness in his right elbow, but he reported no new problems one day after his 112-pitch outing against Detroit.

"It's sore, but I expected it to be a little bit sore with the weather and the number of pitches I threw," McDonald said yesterday.

"It doesn't feel like anything unusual. Hopefully, in another start or two when the weather starts to heat up, everything will be a lot better. I can live with it the way it is."

McDonald pitched Monday on a damp and windy 50-degree afternoon, but it probably was his last cold-weather start until the fall. He is next scheduled to pitch Saturday in Texas. After that, his next three starts are at home against Seattle, then at California and Oakland.

Manager Johnny Oates described McDonald's concerns as "more mental than physical. It was there [Monday]. He wanted to make sure he wasn't going to hurt it by pitching. He still feels it occasionally. But he knows he's not going to hurt it."

Said pitching coach Dick Bosman: "You're probably going to have a little stiffness and soreness along the way. I'm not the doctor. But the way he threw the ball [Monday], up until the end, I'm very heartened."

Moyer not down about debut

Left-hander Jamie Moyer enters today's start against Detroit with a 5.87 ERA, but he wasn't all that upset with the way he pitched against Texas in his season debut Friday night.

"If you look at the numbers, it wasn't the greatest of outings," Moyer said. "But after the first inning, I settled down. That's what I needed to do."

Moyer allowed two runs in the first inning, but pitched into the eighth in the Orioles' 7-5 loss to the Rangers. Ivan Rodriguez hit a home run in the seventh, and Chris James added one in the eighth.

The Orioles are confident that Moyer will pitch better, that his 12-9 record last season was not a fluke. "Jamie's going to be fine," McDonald said. "He pitched too well last year to fall on his face."

Moyer's only start against the Tigers last season was on Sept. 24, two days before the Orioles were eliminated. He threw a six-hit complete game, but suffered a 2-0 defeat when the Orioles were shut out by his opponent today, John Doherty.

Travis Fryman drove in the Tigers' runs with an RBI double and a home run. Moyer finished with seven strikeouts.

Carey skates past No. 88

In case you're wondering, first baseman Paul Carey doesn't plan to switch back to No. 88 now that Rene Gonzales has signed a minor-league contract with Cleveland.

"No way," Carey said. "Been there. Done that."

Carey, a former hockey player and native of Weymouth, Mass., said he will continue wearing No. 77 in honor of Boston Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque.

Baseball, you ask? Carey continues to work out at the Orioles training complex in Sarasota, Fla., as he recovers from a non-displaced fracture of his left forearm.

He said a doctor will determine today whether to remove his hard cast and replace it with a soft brace. Even under that scenario, he figures to spend another five to six weeks on the disabled list.

Trammell is big Ripken fan

Detroit shortstop Alan Trammell began his major-league career four years before Cal Ripken, but has played only 116 more games. The reason? Trammell has made six trips to the disabled list, Ripken none.

"To play a demanding position as he does, and to play it well as he does, is just unbelievable," Trammell told the Detroit Free Press. "He has got to be as strong mentally as anybody that has ever played this game.

"There is no question in my mind. He's been fortunate as far as avoiding major injuries, but he has also needed to be mentally strong -- to perform every day, to want to perform every day."

Trammell's teammate, Tony Phillips, agreed. "That guy is as mentally strong as this building," he said, referring to Tiger Stadium.

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