O's McDowell appears headed for disabled list Sore shoulder sidelines vet

Orioles Notebook

Rhodes hurting, too

July 15, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF

Manager Davey Johnson said the Orioles are likely to place reliever Roger McDowell on the disabled list today and activate utility infielder Jeff Huson.

McDowell and Arthur Rhodes were both examined by doctors yesterday and McDowell was found to have a muscle strain in the back of his right arm.

Johnson said Rhodes also could be a candidate for the DL with recurring inflammation at the top of his left shoulder. Rhodes pitched in both games of Saturday's doubleheader and left the second game complaining of soreness after one inning. Johnson said he hopes Rhodes will respond to rest and a stint on the DL will not be necessary.

McDowell last pitched Thursday against the New York Yankees, but felt soreness warming up in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader.

"Right now our major concerns are Arthur Rhodes' shoulder and Roger McDowell's shoulder," Johnson said.

Rhodes received a cortisone shot eight days ago and had surgery on his pitching shoulder last September. McDowell's shoulder was sore about a month ago, when he was often appearing in consecutive games. When the Orioles began giving McDowell more rest his success was limited, and the team recently has debated how to use the veteran.

Rhodes had the American League's longest undefeated streak (9-0) before getting the loss in the second game on Saturday. On the season, Rhodes is 8-1 with a 3.16 ERA out of the bullpen.

McDowell is 1-1 with a 3.59 ERA.

McDowell's absence leaves rookie Jimmy Haynes (2-5, 6.72) and Alan Mills (1-0, 4.43) as the only right-handers in the bullpen.

Huson has not played since May 17 and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery May 21. He said he would not accept a demotion to the minors. The Orioles have been entertaining offers for him.

Injuries don't stop there

Several other Orioles are banged up.

Second baseman Roberto Alomar did not start yesterday, but came in as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and grounded out. Alomar is nursing a sore left ring finger. The switch-hitter can not bat right-handed for now and fielding aggravates the injury. Alomar was used as a DH for both games on Saturday.

Bill Ripken replaced Alomar at second base yesterday, but he too is hurting. Johnson said Ripken has a hip pointer and Bobby Bonilla, yesterday's DH, has a slight strain in his rib cage.

Mercker gets a start

The Orioles have altered their rotation slightly because of Saturday's doubleheader.

Rick Krivda and Mike Mussina will still start the first two games of the Toronto series, beginning tonight at Camden Yards. But David Wells is tentatively scheduled to make his next start Thursday in Boston. Kent Mercker is expected to start on Wednesday.

Scott Erickson, Rocky Coppinger and Mussina would follow Wells in the rotation next weekend in Boston.

Mercker has not started since June 18 and has appeared just once in relief since then. Mercker threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Saturday's second game.

"It's just good to be pitching again," Mercker said.

Starting Mercker not only gives the left-hander more work, but it allows the Orioles to showcase him for a possible trade.

Around the horn

The Orioles regular infielders have 250 RBIs this year. Palmeiro (77), Alomar (55), Cal Ripken (67) and B.J. Surhoff (51) are closing in on the Orioles team record of 315, set by the 1960 Orioles infield of Jim Gentile, Marv Breeding, Ron Hansen and Brooks Robinson. No team has had two infielders go over the 100-RBI plateau since the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers. . . . Orioles owner Peter Angelos recently donated $10,000 to the African American Community Foundation and was honored by the organization for his generosity over the years. A festival celebrating AFRAM will take place Aug. 2-4 in lots B and C at

Camden Yards.

Pub Date: 7/15/96

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