Hoiles hobbled by bruised foot Catcher out 2 games

Alomar's ankle sore

June 16, 1996|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,SUN STAFF

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles limped around the clubhouse before yesterday's game, a sizable blue bruise on the top of his left foot. Hoiles was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning of Friday night's game, and the contusion will keep him out of the next two games, at least.

"I don't even know how I got through the whole game," said Hoiles. "What hurt most was squatting, because the flap [on his shinguard] hit right on the bruise."

Hoiles got treatment on his foot for three hours Friday night, and X-rays revealed no broken bones. But he is in a significant amount of pain because the ball thrown by Mark Gubicza hit directly on the tendon just above the ball of his ankle; any movement in his foot shoots pain all the way up to his knee.

"He's probably out for a couple of days," said Orioles manager Davey Johnson. "It could be more."

Second baseman Roberto Alomar was also out of the starting lineup, nursing a sore right ankle. But he did pinch hit in the seventh inning and delivered a double. He also made a sterling defensive play, going far to his right and leaping to throw out Jose Offerman.

"Robbie's ankle has been bothering him a little bit all year," Johnson said. "The last week it's been a little more tender. It was really bad there for a while. Hopefully, it'll be better."

Hoiles has been hit by pitches in his last three games, and four of his last six games. On June 11, Hoiles was drilled on the left forearm and he still has stitch-marks. A bruise on his right forearm, from getting hit June 10, hasn't gone away completely, either.

Brady Anderson has been hit by pitches nine times this year, one short of his career-high of 10. Anderson was hit by two pitches on June 11 in Detroit, and has two large bruises near his right hip to show for it.

Orioles batters have been hit by pitches 28 times this year, while Orioles' pitchers hit just nine (including David Wells' start last night, when he hit Joe Vitiello in the first inning).

Orioles tonight

Opponent: Kansas City Royals

Site: Kauffman Stadium

Time: 8: 05

TV/Radio: ESPN/WBAL (1090 AM)

Starters: Orioles' Rocky Coppinger (1-0, 7.20) vs. Royals' Tim Belcher (6-2, 4.41)

Late O's game

Last night's Orioles-Royals game in Kansas City, Mo., did not end in time to be included in this edition. A complete report can be found in later editions. For a report on last night's game and other Orioles information, call Sundial at (410) 783-1800, ext. 5023.

Pub Date: 6/16/96

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