Oates to try 4-man May rotation


May 04, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Orioles basically will go with a four-man rotation for the rest of the month starting this weekend, a move made possible by three off days on the schedule, plus an exhibition game in Rochester.

Orioles manager Johnny Oates was waiting to check the status of Arthur Rhodes' left knee before settling on his rotation.

Before last night's game, Oates said he did not know which left-hander, Rhodes or Jamie Moyer, would be taken out of the rotation and limited to one spot start, May 21 at New York, then rejoin the rotation May 31.

If Moyer stays in the rotation, Rhodes could face anything from a stay on the disabled list, to bullpen duty, to a Triple-A assignment.

Injury updates

Mike Mussina, limited by a sore groin muscle to seven innings in his Saturday start in Seattle, was on schedule to make his next start Friday in the opener of a three-game series against Cleveland at Camden Yards. "Unless he has a setback he'll pitch Friday," Oates said.

Chris Sabo (back soreness) returned to third base for the first time in eight days and had an RBI double in his first at-bat.

He was used twice in Seattle at designated hitter.

"It was different, but it didn't bug me that much," Sabo said of the DH duty. "I feel good right now."

Jeffrey Hammonds, sidelined by a home-plate run-in with Seattle catcher Bill Haselman in the first inning Saturday night, returned

and had hits his first two at-bats.

Fernandez winds up road trip

Sid Fernandez (1-0, 2.29) makes his fourth start for the Orioles tonight in the final game of the Orioles' seven-game West Coast trip.

Reserve Jeff Tackett caught Fernandez in his last start, when he limited California to three hits in 8 1/3 innings in a 4-2 victory.

Was he easy to catch?

"He's a lot easier to catch than he is to hit, let's put it that way," Tackett said. "He throws his curve at three or four different speeds."

Matchups vs. Indians

Friday: Dennis Martinez (0-3, 4.29) vs. Mussina (5-1, 2.89). Saturday: Mark Clark (2-0, 4.22) vs. undecided. Sunday: Jack Morris (1-3, 7.39) vs. Ben McDonald (5-0, 2.65, going into last night's start).

Search for a lefty continues

Orioles general manager Roland Hemond is in the market for a left-handed reliever, but he isn't counting on getting one

through a trade.

"They are so hard to come by," Hemond said. "Every time a baby boy is born I ask the mother if he's a left-hander. I tell her to let me know as soon as she sees any signs."

Ticket update

Tickets for the 183 new bleacher seats will continue to go on sale two hours before each game at Oriole Park, the team announced. Previously the team had intended to sell the tickets in advance starting tomorrow.

The team said the change was made to ensure that fans havbetter access to the tickets, not scalpers. Once the bleachers are sold out before each game, the 275 standing-room tickets will go on sale.

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