Ripken, Alomar play through pain Doctor clears shortstop

Orioles Notebook

second baseman OK, too

July 11, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF

Cal Ripken and Roberto Alomar are expected to play tonight when the Orioles open a four-game series against the first-place New York Yankees.

Ripken broke his nose during the team photo session before the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, and there was some concern that he would experience more swelling. But Ripken played into the seventh inning and was evaluated yesterday by a doctor who told the shortstop he was fine.

Alomar sprained his left ring finger diving headfirst into first base Saturday and sat out Sunday's game before playing 5 1/2 innings in the All-Star Game. The second baseman said he felt great afterward and did not aggravate the injury.

Alomar was at Camden Yards for some treatment yesterday and Ripken said he will be ready to go tonight.

"I'm sure Cal will be fine," manager Davey Johnson said. "I talked to the doctors and the trainers and they said he'll be all right. Robbie just came through for some treatment. . . . Everything else seems to be all right."

Ripken, Alomar and Brady Anderson did not participate in yesterday's optional workout, but none was expected because of having played in the All-Star Game.

In all, 15 Orioles were present for the 90-minute practice, including starters B. J. Surhoff and Rafael Palmeiro.

Waiting game

Utility infielder Jeff Huson, who was present for yesterday's workout, said he's healthy and ready to come off the disabled list, but the Orioles would have to make a roster move to free a spot.

Huson met with Johnson for about 10 minutes but said he does not know what the Orioles' plan to do. Huston said he was to meet with assistant general manager Kevin Malone last night or today.

"We're going to wait a couple of more days," Huson said. "All that [Johnson] told me was there were some teams interested in me. I guess I could say that it's possible I could be traded."

Huson has not played for the Orioles since May 17, before his arthroscopic knee surgery. He spent time at Single-A Frederick, Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Rochester and said his knee feels better than he thought it would.

Huson had hoped to find out yesterday what the team's intentions were. Technically, the Orioles can wait to make a move with Huson until Tuesday, when his 20 days of rehabilitation time run out.

Huson said Johnson told him it's still possible he could play this weekend. Huson played right field for two games in Rochester and said he feels comfortable enough in the outfield to try it at the major-league level. Huson said he wanted to play outfield there to show the Orioles (or any other team) that he's capable of filling in.

However, Huson said he is not willing to go to Rochester again.

"I'm not going to Rochester," Huson said. "They know that. I told them. I've let it be known that I'm not sitting on the DL if I'm not hurt. And I'm not hurt."

Big hurt feelings

Palmeiro was not pleased with Chicago White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas' decision to wait until Tuesday to reveal that he would not be able to play in the All-Star Game because of a foot injury he suffered last week.

Palmeiro said he would have gone to Philadelphia as a replacement if he had been asked.

"He could've said something on Sunday," Palmeiro said of Thomas. "One day it'll be reversed and he'll be the guy left off the team."

Tickets to benefit CF

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is selling 100 club-level tickets to tomorrow's game to benefit the charity. Cost is $50 and includes a buffet reception at the Sheraton Inner Harbor, 5 p.m. to 7: 15 p.m. Tickets can be ordered through the CF Foundation at (410) 771-9000 and picked up at the reception.

Pub Date: 7/11/96

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