Haynes' self-serve station fuels O's optimism Young reliever corrects flaw in delivery on own

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

June 24, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF

Jimmy Haynes took a small step forward in his maturity as a pitcher yesterday.

Haynes' mechanics and delivery were as erratic as ever on the mound against the Kansas City Royals, but for the first time this season the Orioles rookie realized the mistakes on his own and went about fixing the problem.

Haynes ended up throwing three scoreless innings, but he didn't look pretty. He still carries a 7.26 ERA, although he was effective in his previous outing as well, going 4 2/3 innings June 18 and allowing just one run on a homer to the first batter he faced.

"He was wide open again," manager Davey Johnson said of Haynes' delivery. "He was spinning out of control. But he was OK toward the end. If I knew he wasn't going to get more work here, I'd send him out [to Triple-A]. But he'll get enough work here."

Haynes improved his standing in the eyes of pitching coach Pat Dobson with the outing. Dobson has worked with the rookie to improve his posture on the mound. Haynes has a tendency to drop down too soon in his delivery.

"He made an adjustment on his own today, which I was glad to see," Dobson said of the rookie, who began the year in the starting rotation. "Until a guy can recognize on his own he's making a mechanical mistake, nothing's going to happen for him. It's a pretty big deal for me and for him. In the past I'd have to tell him 'you're squatting.' We're making progress. Slow progress."

Marlins keep eye on Bonilla

The Florida Marlins are continuing internal discussions about Orioles outfielder Bobby Bonilla.

The Marlins are looking to improve their offense and discussed Bonilla as an option in May. The Orioles would like to add depth to the minor-league system and the Marlins are loaded with young talent. One major-league possibility for the Orioles would be Greg Colbrunn, a good-fielding first baseman hitting .309 with 31 RBIs.

Cream pitch and be creamed

Outfielder Mark Smith was smacked in the face with a shaving cream pie after hitting the game-winning home run on Saturday and he wouldn't mind getting another one shoved his way under the same set of circumstances.

"I'll take that any day," Smith said. "It stings your eyes a little bit though."

Closer Randy Myers was identified as the culprit. Myers sprinted away after nailing Smith right before a national television interview.

Smith said he talked to his parents by phone Saturday night and his family watched a replay of the homer on ESPN.

O's starters on roll

During the last 10 games, Orioles starters are 4-3 with three complete games and a 4.10 ERA. Not great, but not bad by today's standards. Entering play yesterday, the AL average for team ERA was 5.14.

Five of the last 10 have been quality starts (six or more innings pitched, three or fewer earned runs). "We're capable of being as good as anybody as far as our pitching," Johnson said.

Hammonds ends drought

Former No. 1 pick Jeffrey Hammmonds began his stint in Triple-A with an 0-for-11 slump, then went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI yesterday.

He has not played center field yet for Rochester, something Johnson wants him to do, but he is expected to play there soon.

Around the horn

Starter David Wells' son Brandon broke his forearm while playing around in the Orioles clubhouse before yesterday's game. Dr. Michael Jacobs, the team doctor, set his arm. . . . The Orioles-Royals series attracted 142,786 people, the second largest attendance in Camden Yards history for a three-game series. . . . Outfielder Jarvis Brown was released by the Red Wings.

Pub Date: 6/24/96

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