Decision due on returning Huson Infielder comes off DL

Hammonds still slumping

July 10, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF

Jeffrey Hammonds and Jeff Huson are having far different minor-league experiences.

Huson wrapped up his tour of the minors on Sunday in Rochester. Huson whipped through Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie while rehabilitating his knee, compiling a .378 average (14-for-37) with four doubles, a home run and two RBIs. Huson went 2-for-8 in two games with Rochester. He missed Sunday's game because he lost his contact lenses.

Hammonds is still in Rochester, where he's struggling at .185 (10-for-54) with two doubles, a triple, one home run and five RBIs.

Huson has not played with the Orioles since May 17, but he is scheduled to come off the disabled list this week.

He will meet with the team today to discuss plans for him. The Orioles would need Huson's consent to send him back to the minors since he has five years of major-league service. Huson has said he is likely to refuse a demotion.

Hammonds was the fourth pick overall in the 1992 draft and quickly went from Stanford to the majors. He spent most of 1993 in the minors before joining the Orioles and playing in 33 games.

Hammonds was supposed to play center field and lead off occasionally for the Wings, but he's playing in right or being used as a designated hitter.

Brent Bowers won the center-field job. He's hit .381 in 15 games since joining Rochester from Bowie.

Davis top player for June

Bowie's Tommy Davis was named minor-league player of the month for June by the Orioles. The first baseman hit .328 (39-for-119) in 31 games, with four homers, 10 doubles and 18 RBIs.

Davis was a second-round pick in the 1994 draft after finishing an All-American season at the University of Southern Mississippi. He played most of 1995 with the Frederick Keys and hit .268 with 15 home runs. He's hitting .263 with nine homers and 43 RBIs overall this season.

Frederick's Sidney Ponson was named the organization's pitcher of the month. Ponson dominated Carolina League hitters in June. He was 4-1 with a 1.23 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings. Ponson walked just four and opponents hit .194 against him.

Several other Frederick players had exceptional months.

Designated hitter Eric Chavez hit .365 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs. Chavez had just three homers entering June.

Pitcher Nerio Rodriguez had a 2.13 ERA in June and struck out 26 batters in 25 1/3 innings.

Long strange trip

The Baysox's recent series with Norwich was anything but usual.

The teams played eight straight games against each other, with the Baysox losing seven times. The first three games were in Bowie, then both teams ventured to Connecticut for five more.

There was no travel day before the road trip, and they ended up playing 40 innings of baseball in a span of three days. Last Wednesday night's game lasted 11 innings, so the Baysox decided to bus to Norwich the next day. They left Thursday at 6 a.m., to make sure they had plenty of time to make the seven-hour trip.

There was a 20-minute rain delay that night in Norwich and the game lasted 14 innings. Everyone was up early for a doubleheader the next day, the second game of which went extra innings.

At one point, it appeared the Baysox were going to have to try position players on the mound, but the over-used staff held up.

0-for-catchers

High Desert third baseman Mike Berry is leading the California League with a .370 average. . . . Bowie's Kevin Curtis is on a .408 tear (20-for-49). He's had nine multi-hit games in his past 14 games. . . . On Saturday, Garrett Stephenson pitched the Red Wings' first nine-inning complete game since last August. The 2-1 win over Pawtucket was his first victory since May 17.

Pub Date: 7/10/96

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