Anderson out after re-injuring leg muscle Hurt running out grounder, he'll likely sit today, too

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

June 02, 1996|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,SUN STAFF

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Orioles center fielder Brady Anderson felt something tug in his right quadriceps as he ran out a ground ball in the ninth inning of Friday night's game, and he immediately proceeded into the runway behind the dugout.

"I knew there was something wrong when he stormed past me," said manager Davey Johnson. Anderson re-strained his quad muscle, an injury that has bothered him to varying degrees for nearly a month. He was out of the lineup last night and likely will be out today.

"I won't be able to tell how it is until I run," Anderson said before last night's game. "It had felt good to the point where I started considering stealing bases again. . . . When I did do it, I knew I did something, and I wanted to act like it didn't happen, because part of me couldn't even believe it."

Anderson is having the best season of his career, batting .312 with 20 homers in 46 games.

Mercker is peeved

Left-hander Kent Mercker, bothered because he believed nobody had clarified his status and pitching schedule, talked to general manager Pat Gillick on Friday and Johnson yesterday.

Mercker wasn't happy that he learned about his next scheduled start by reading the newspaper.

"Davey said he thought I knew," said Mercker, who also was told by Johnson that the team wants to give him more time to have his arm strengthened by exercises. "I still want to pitch [on a regular basis], and I'm not complaining or whining. That's just me being a competitor. There's something wrong with me if I don't want to pitch."

Mercker said he has no desire to be traded. "I'm not requesting a trade," he said. "I don't want to be traded. I want to pitch, and I want to pitch here."

Mercker's next start is June 8, which will be 13 days since his last start.

Surhoff may start

It's expected that B. J. Surhoff will be activated from the disabled list today, with the most likely candidate for demotion being reliever Archie Corbin. Surhoff, who has a sprained ankle, may start at third base, where he worked out hard yesterday.

"He's not moving perfectly to his right, but he's OK," Johnson said.

Bill Ripken, 3-for-4 last night with three doubles, is 10 for his past 22. He also hasn't committed an error in starting the past nine games at third base.

"Billy's played fine," Johnson said, "but B. J. is the third baseman."

AL still amazes Johnson

Johnson continues to shake his head at American League baseball.

"I've seen more stuff happen this year," Johnson said, "I just want to bang my head against the wall. I knew I'd have to learn the AL, but I didn't think I'd have to go back to school."

Johnson was astounded that pitcher David Wells and catcher Chris Hoiles continued to throw inside fastballs to Rex Hudler in the fourth inning Friday night.

"I kept waiting for them to throw a changeup or something," Johnson said. "I've got an experienced pitcher, with a base open. We ended up throwing a fastball hitter a fastball."

Hudler doubled, driving in two runs in the Angels' 10-3 victory. He had homered in the second inning and has hit one in each of the Angels' four games against the Orioles this season.

Checking out amateurs

The Orioles' scouting staff has been meeting this weekend, determining the rank of amateurs for the draft that begins June 4. The Orioles choose 51st overall, and although the organization's weakness is in position players, the strength of the draft is in pitchers.

Among the many players they could take: Outfielder Jacque Jones, from the University of Southern California, ranked as the 37th-best prospect by Baseball America; outfielder Alex Cora of the University of Miami, ranked 43rd; pitcher Derrick Cook (No. 36) of James Madison, and Brian Falkenborg, a 6-foot-6 prep pitcher from Redmond, Wash.

Gillick saw Falkenborg pitch last week when the team was in Seattle.

Around the horn

Outfielder Mike Devereaux, 0-for-3 last night, has two hits in his past 33 at-bats. "I don't know," Johnson said. "He's a veteran professional hitter, [but] he has looked completely out of focus." Devereaux has one extra-base hit in his past 14 games. . . . John Stephens, the 16-year-old Australian pitcher being courted heavily by the Orioles, threw briefly before yesterday's game, with a couple of club scouts watching. . . . Johnson and three of his coaches -- Sam Perlozzo, Rick Down and Andy Etchebarren -- made a pact three weeks ago to quit using tobacco. Only Etchebarren has faltered, telling his friends that he felt he was turning into an objectionable personality. "We're all doing OK," Johnson said, referring to himself, Down and Perlozzo. "Etch is gone, but now he gets along with everybody." . . .Jeffrey Hammonds has RBIs in three of his past 13 games. . . . Cal Ripken is 4-for-5 with runners in scoring position in the past four games. . . . Anderson has two hits in his past 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Pub Date: 6/02/96

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