Krivda to get shot he wanted

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

July 07, 1995|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Left-hander Rick Krivda, who complained last year after being passed over for a promotion by the Orioles, was called up last night and will start against the Chicago White Sox tonight.

To make room for Krivda, the Orioles were expected to somehow take pitcher John DeSilva off their major-league and 40-man rosters. DeSilva started two games for the Orioles, compiling a 7.27 ERA. He beat Milwaukee on June 27 before getting pummeled by Toronto on Sunday.

Krivda, 25, went 9-10 for Triple-A Rochester in '94 and began the year on the Orioles' 40-man roster. But he had a mediocre spring, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Rochester -- meaning that any team in the majors could've claimed him for $20,000.

After Krivda returned to the Red Wings, he refined his mechanics with the help of pitching coach Claude Osteen, and has been Rochester's most consistent pitcher of late. His '95 line: 6-4 with a 2.83 ERA, 27 walks and 58 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings.

The Orioles may have called up Krivda now because the White Sox have fared so poorly against lefties, a 5-13 record, compared with a 23-22 mark against right-handers.

Chicago relies on left-handed hitters Lance Johnson, John Kruk, Ozzie Guillen, Robin Ventura and Dave Martinez, making it susceptible to left-handed pitchers.

No. 2 pick could be tough sign

Negotiations between the Orioles and No. 1 pick Alvie Shepherd remain cordial and both sides continue to say a deal is imminent.

But signing No. 2 pick Charles Alley, a high school catcher who has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Florida, may be much tougher. One baseball source says the odds are less than 50-50 that the Orioles will reach an agreement with Alley. However, their chances may improve, because Alley has changed advisers. He's now taking advice from Ron Shapiro, the Baltimore-based agent who represents Cal Ripken.

Alley's apparent unsignability caused him to plummet in the draft. Baseball America, a magazine renowned for its accuracy in projecting draft prospects, rated Alley as the 17th best player in the draft, going to the Blue Jays. But Alley fell to the Orioles' pick in the second round -- No. 51.

Regan addresses dull play

Orioles manager Phil Regan planned to speak with the team before last night's game about its lackluster play against the Minnesota Twins this week.

"We seem to go through a stage where we're really playing well," he said, "and then we hit a period where we come out and kind of drift through a game."

The loss to the Twins on Wednesday night was that kind of game. Manny Alexander made a throwing error, Jeffrey Hammonds threw to the wrong base and cost the Orioles a ninth-inning run, and Curtis Goodwin was thrown out at third tagging up on a fly ball to left to end the seventh with the Orioles trailing 5-2.

"We're not really digging and scratching and fighting," Regan said, "and with the kind of talent we have, we've got to do that every game."

Regan followed that up by saying he thought the Orioles have good talent, but are very young. They're starting a rookie at second (Alexander), in center (Goodwin), and rookie Greg Zaun is now splitting time with Chris Hoiles at catcher.

"It takes a great effort for us to win," Regan said, "and we have to minimize the mistakes we make. We need to keep our heads in the game as much as we can.

"You really think this club is going to get excited and put it all together and get back into it [the AL East race]. But I really feel like we had a letdown."

Some of his players talked about this after Wednesday's loss. "It's a tough loss," said left-hander Jesse Orosco, "in relation to the way we were playing. We have played exceptionally well the last couple of weeks. Minnesota's not having the year they want, but you can't slack off."

Around the horn

Right-hander Gene Harris, diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right elbow, will throw tomorrow. He hopes to avoid reconstructive surgery with a strength and conditioning program. . . . Kevin Brown threw about 90 pitches in a bullpen workout Wednesday, and Regan said the right-hander had good movement on his pitches. Brown is expected to start against Kansas City June 16. Brown will throw a simulated game the day after the All-Star break to prepare for his start.

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