Rhodes gets (Single) A in rehab debut

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

May 17, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

Orioles left-hander Arthur Rhodes' injury rehabilitation start last night in Kinston, N.C., could not have gone much better.

Rhodes pitched five shutout innings, allowed three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven, pitching for the Frederick Keys against the Kinston Indians in the Single-A Carolina League. The unofficial pitch count was 75.

Rhodes went on the 15-day disabled list after coming out of his May 1 start in Oakland in the fifth inning suffering from tendinitis in the right kneecap.

Rhodes is a candidate for the start Saturday in the second game of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Rhodes, 24, went 1-4 with a 7.62 ERA in five starts before going on the DL. He walked 17, struck out 30 and allowed five home runs in 26 innings.

Venezuelan pipeline opens

Orioles front-office officials Roland Hemond, Doug Melvin and Fred Uhlman Sr. spent the weekend in Cua, Venezuela, for the dedication of the organization's new baseball academy there.

"I was very pleased with the camp," Hemond said. "They built a three-story building for living quarters for the youngsters who will be spending time playing there and being observed."

Hemond anticipates a pipeline from Venezuela to Camden Yards.

"We undoubtedly will get some real good players from the program," Hemond said. "I'm very confident of that. We've been doing some work in Venezuela, but this is broadening our scope of coverage in a potentially good market. It's a large country and we plan to get our good share of players."

Melvin and Uhlman didn't have any time to recover from jet lag. They both headed to Philadelphia, where they will scout the Phillies-Montreal Expos series.

The Orioles have shown an interest in outfielder Milt Thompson, a left-handed hitter who could spell slumping center fielder Mike Devereaux against tough right-handers and give the Orioles the left-handed bat they lack off the bench.

A reunion

Todd Frohwirth, released by the Orioles during spring training, returns to Camden Yards tonight with the Boston Red Sox, for whom he has made seven appearances, saved one game and pitched to a 4.76 ERA.

Frohwirth's personality has been missed by teammates, including close friend Mike Mussina.

"I miss talking to him," Mussina said. "We had a lot of things in common. It's tough to find people you can relate to when you haven't grown up with them.

"We both enjoy basketball and talking about things in general. If one guy had a gripe, the other guy would sit there and listen to him and give his honest opinion. Not to mention he's funny."

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