Bowie's Klingenbeck to start today


June 02, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

Right-hander Scott Klingenbeck of the Double-A Bowie Baysox will make his major-league debut today for the Orioles against the Detroit Tigers in the finale of a four-game series at Camden Yards.

The Orioles purchased Klingenbeck's contract from Bowie. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, the Orioles optioned outfielder Mark Smith to Triple-A Rochester. To make room for Klingenbeck on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated right-hander Kevin McGehee for assignment, which means the club is waiting for him to clear waivers.

Klingenbeck, 23, will be taking Ben McDonald's turn in the rotation. McDonald, who had made 80 consecutive starts, is sidelined with a strain of the right groin.

Klingenbeck, a 1992 fifth-round pick out of Ohio State, was 3-2 with a 3.59 ERA for Bowie. He has walked 14 and struck out 60 in 67 2/3 innings. He will make the start on three days' rest, having tossed a complete-game six-hitter in his last start Sunday.

"He has a good assortment of pitches and he throws hard," Orioles general manager Roland Hemond said.

Klingenbeck has a history of clutch performances in big games, dating to his American Legion days.

Pitching for Cincinnati Buddle Post in 1988, Klingenbeck was honored as the Legion World Series MVP. He was honored as the 1989 Amateur Player of the Year by the U.S. Baseball Federation in 1989, was Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1990, and was a Team USA member in 1990 and 1991.

Pitching for Single-A Frederick of the Carolina League last season, Klingenbeck went 13-4 with a 2.98 ERA. In his final 14 starts last season, he was 10-1 with a 2.28 ERA.

Smith, recalled from Rochester on May 11, batted just seven times and had one hit.

Klingenbeck likely will return to the minors after today's start, to be replaced on the roster by a left-handed-hitting outfielder if the Orioles can obtain one in a trade.

No No. 1 pick

The Orioles' No. 1 draft choice, which would have been the 20th of today's first round, went to the Mets as compensation for the signing of free agent Sid Fernandez.

The Orioles did not have to surrender draft choices for signing Rafael Palmeiro, Lee Smith and Chris Sabo, because their former clubs did not offer them arbitration. The Orioles signed Fernandez before the deadline for offering arbitration.

Scouting director Gary Nickels isn't whining about not having a first-round choice.

"You would like to have one, especially with the success we have had with ours, but when you have a guy who's signed for three years, that makes you feel better about it," Nickels said. "Our first-round pick didn't win for us Sunday when we really needed a win. Sid did."

From 1988 through 1992, the Orioles chose Gregg Olson, Ben McDonald, Mike Mussina, Mark Smith and Jeffrey Hammonds.

Nickels said he will pick the best player available and break ties by selecting a pitcher.


Hammonds will get a second opinion on the strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee today from famous sports orthopedist Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala. "Right from the beginning, we encouraged him to do so," Hemond said. "So did Dr. [Michael] Jacobs, when the injury first occurred and at other times also. We told him feel to free to get another opinion. It's definitely OK with us. It's wise for the peace of mind for everybody concerned." . . . Chris Sabo and Leo Gomez likely will be in the lineup together today and Orioles manager Johnny Oates indicated Sabo might play third base with Gomez as designated hitter. Considering the Orioles' need for a right fielder because of Hammonds' uncertain status, might Sabo be a potential candidate? Not likely. Asked if he has ever played in the outfield, Sabo said, "No, and I'm not going to begin now." . . . Umpire Terry Craft, 39, complaining of chest pains before the game, was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center, where he spent the night. There were no indications of a heart attack, according to an Orioles spokesman, who said Craft will undergo a stress test this morning and possibly could be at today's game.

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