Rhodes' first rehab start is expected to be Monday

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

May 11, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Staff Writer

Left-hander Arthur Rhodes (tendinitis, right knee) tentatively is scheduled to make a minor-league injury rehabilitation start Monday, which would put him on schedule to return to the Orioles rotation May 21 in New York.

"Even if he can pitch Monday and everything goes OK, all that means is he'll be one of the candidates to make that start [May 21]," manager Johnny Oates said. "It doesn't necessarily mean he will be the guy."

Rhodes (1-4, 7.62 ERA) has not cemented a spot in the rotation. Oates considered Mike Oquist a candidate for the rotation even before his sterling effort last night.

After May 21, a fifth starter will not be needed again until May 31.

No complaints here

Third baseman Chris Sabo, placed on the disabled list Monday night due to continuing back problems, accepted the assignment much more readily than he did a DL stint in Cincinnati last season.

"If it [his back] gets better, this will be a good thing," Sabo said.

Said Oates: "The thing we talked about yesterday was it would be better for all of us to do this. This every-other-day stuff is hard to cope with both as a player and a manager."

A new complaint

Don't count Toronto manager Cito Gaston among those celebrating the addition of the block of seats in center field at Camden Yards.

"Some of my guys were saying it was tough to pick up the ball from a left-hander," Gaston said after Sid Fernandez limited the Blue Jays to one run in 7 1/3 innings in Monday night's 4-1 win.

"I'm not trying to take anything away from Sid, but it's tough to see the ball coming from a left-hander out of a bunch of white T-shirts."

Oates said he never has heard that complaint from one of his players or from an opposing manager or player. "Maybe we should pitch him every time at home then," he said.

Carter ailing

Toronto's Joe Carter left last night's game in the seventh inning with a recurrence of vertigo that forced him to miss three games last week.

Carter, who only had two plays in right all evening, said he was having difficulty tracking fly balls as the game wore on.

"There's nothing we can do. Today was a bad day. Tomorrow will hopefully be a good day," said Carter.

Miscellaneous

Harold Baines (bruised big toe) returned to the lineup and went 1-for-5. . . . Rochester left-hander Brad Pennington pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings Monday night in his first appearance since being struck on the left temple with a line drive last Friday. . . .

Brady Anderson, Mark McLemore and Rafael Palmeiro have played in all 30 games. . . . Oh yeah, so has Cal Ripken.

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