McDonald likely to skip turn, end 80-start streak

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

May 30, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- The Orioles tentatively plan to skip Ben McDonald's turn in the rotation Thursday against Detroit, which would end his consecutive-starts streak at 80.

McDonald came out of his Saturday night start against the Chicago White Sox in the third inning when his strained right groin acted up.

"I would say he'll probably miss at least one start," Orioles manager Johnny Oates said. "We want to be conservative and get him healthy."

McDonald first suffered the injury in his start in Milwaukee May 23, was encouraged by his bullpen workout between starts, and first felt it tug Saturday when he fielded leadoff hitter Tim Raines' bunt in the first inning.

"By going how I felt in Milwaukee and the way things went Saturday, my gut feeling is I probably won't [make the start]," McDonald said. "It didn't totally heal in five days and I don't see it healing in the next five days."

If McDonald is not ready to make the start, the Orioles likely will dip into the minor leagues for a replacement, general manager Roland Hemond said.

Streaking in right direction

Leadoff hitter Brady Anderson and No. 2 hitter Mike Devereaux, anchors dragging down the offense for much of the season, have put together hitting streaks.

Anderson, batting .234, singled in his fourth of six at-bats during yesterday's 8-4 victory over the White Sox to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Devereaux, who went 2-for-5 yesterday to drive his batting average to .216, is hitting .367 during a seven-game hitting streak.

Devereaux drove in a run with an infield hit in the Orioles' two-run fifth. It was his second RBI and first on a base hit since being beaned by Cleveland's Chad Ogea on May 8.

Injury updates

Jeffrey Hammonds' right knee, immobilized in a brace, likely will not be re-examined by the team doctor until Wednesday, Hemond said yesterday. . . . Rochester first baseman T. R. Lewis, considered one of the top hitting prospects in the organization, is out with a broken hand. . . . Left-handed-hitting first baseman Paul Carey, out with a broken wrist since before the season opened, is playing at extended spring training and is due to join Rochester in two weeks, assistant general manager Doug Melvin said.

Mind-boggling numbers

Frank Thomas has homered in five consecutive games and has six home runs during that stretch.

Thomas has hit in 18 of his past 19 games and has scored a run in 17 of the White Sox's past 19 games, during which time he is hitting .485.

During the month of May, he is hitting .468 with nine doubles, 12 home runs, 28 RBIs, 30 walks and 11 strikeouts. His home run and RBI totals are personal monthly highs.

He leads the American League with 58 runs scored and 51 walks.

White Sox make roster move

The White Sox were so impressed with the outing of reliever Jeff Schwarz, who walked three and allowed a hit in two-thirds of an inning, they sent him to the minor leagues after the game.

They purchased the contract of right-hander Dane Johnson from Triple-A Nashville and optioned Schwarz to fill Johnson's roster spot. Johnson was 1-2 with an 0.82 ERA and led the American Association with 13 saves.

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