Brown could return by July 16

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

July 04, 1995|By Brad Snyder | Brad Snyder,Sun Staff Writer

Barring a negative report from the doctor today, Orioles right-hander Kevin Brown will make his first scheduled start after the All-Star break July 16 at home against the Kansas City Royals.

If all goes well, manager Phil Regan said the doctor today will give Brown permission to remove the small splint on the right index finger. Brown probably will make a minor-league rehabilitation start next week, then take his turn in the rotation on the 16th, Regan said.

Meanwhile, Ben McDonald has recovered from his sore shoulder and plans to join the second-half rotation of Mike Mussina, Arthur Rhodes and Brown.

McDonald has thrown on the side several times and will throw about 80 pitches in a simulated game about 2 p.m. today.

"I'm throwing pain-free for the first time in over a month," McDonald said. "I'm happy about that."

McDonald received a second opinion Tuesday from Dr. James Andrews -- who confirmed the diagnosis of team doctor Michael Jacobs that McDonald had a classic case of tendinitis in his right shoulder.

"It got to where I couldn't lift my arm over my head," McDonald said. "It just needed a little rest."

MA Regan is pleased: "He's coming along fine," the manager said.

Manto runs toward rehab

Third baseman Jeff Manto, who is recovering from a pulled left ham 'string, tested it before yesterday's game by running in front of trainer Richie Bancells.

Manto ran 10 to 12 wind sprints and jogged three-quarters of the way around the stadium.

"Richie got tired so I had to stop running," Manto said, joking.

Actually, Bancells estimated that Manto was running at 75-80 percent based on flexibility and his speed. Manto, who has never run well, was pleased that his slow gait did not cause him any pain.

"He's encouraged, I'm encouraged," Manto said.

Manto, who also took batting practice in the cage underneath the stands, would like to make a few rehabilitation starts during the All-Star break, most likely at Double-A Bowie or Single-A Frederick.

Regan said he's for it.

'It's a crazy world'

They saw Roberto Alomar come out of Sunday's game. But they didn't know why.

Most of the Orioles didn't find out the reason until they got home that night to Baltimore.

First baseman Rafael Palmeiro had no idea that among the baseball cards Tricia Miller had with her at SkyDome, where she was unsuccessful stalking Alomar with a Smith & Wesson revolver in the stadium hotel, was one of Palmeiro.

"I was on her list?" Palmeiro said.

Palmeiro said he heard about the incident at home while he was watching ESPN. "It's a crazy world," he said. "You're not even safe at a ballpark anymore."

Sorry about Murray

Eddie Murray broke two ribs Sunday sliding into Minnesota catcher Matt Walbeck.

Murray, who got his 3,000th hit Friday, went on the disabled list for the second time in his career and trails Al Kaline by two hits for 17th on the all-time list.

Walbeck said he was sorry about delaying Murray's milestones -- the first baseman also is 31 home runs shy of 500.

"It was all part of the game," Walbeck said. "You never want to see anybody get hurt. It's unfortunate."

"It was a freak accident," said Murray's close friend, Twins outfielder Kirby Puckett.

Puckett said he was happy to see Murray reach 3,000 in Minnesota because Puckett, who had 2,200 hits entering last night's game, doubts he'll ever get there.

"It's something I'll never forget," Puckett said. "I ain't gonna reach it, 3,000, I can tell you that."

It's a girl for Moyer

Jamie Moyer's wife, Karen, gave birth to their third child and first daughter, Timoney Jennifer, about 2:45 p.m. yesterday. Timoney weighed in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces.

Moyer was out at the ballpark yesterday for about an hour after his daughter was born. He went through his daily workout and returned to the hospital.

Around the horn

Outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds was scratched from last night's game with a sore muscle in his shoulder, and Regan said his playing status is day-to-day. Kevin Bass started in Hammonds' place. . . . Catcher Greg Zaun, who hit his first major-league home run Sunday, received the ball after club officials retrieved it for him. "They gave me a ball," said Zaun, who has no idea if it's the one he hit. "I'll pretend."

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