Playing is a painful decision for Anderson Outfielder returns despite possible appendicitis

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

Brady Anderson is going to play with the pain. Or try, anyway.

Anderson returned to the Orioles lineup last night after missing the past five games with stomach pain. Several doctors believe Anderson has appendicitis, which would require surgery.

However, Anderson said after getting ultrasound tests and xTC meeting with more doctors he's decided he will try to play through the discomfort.

"I think all my organs are intact," Anderson said after the game. "It's not like a strained Anderson hamstring. It's no different than walking around. I don't think it's any different to play or not to play. The problem is if it gets worse, if it fatigues you or wears you out over a period of time."

Anderson went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts last night and played a solid center field, backtracking and ranging to his left and right on several occasions.

In the eighth inning, he thoroughly tested the condition.

Anderson sprinted to deep right-center to cut off Paul Molitor's double in the gap, then slid across the grass and threw from his knees to cutoff man Roberto Alomar, who was standing just beyond the infield dirt.

Alomar's throw home was off the mark, and the Twins' Pat Meares scored the tying run.

"I don't know how Brady feels," manager Davey Johnson said. "I saw his hands on his knees a lot in the outfield. I just hope he's all right . . . Brady did a heck of a job cutting it off and getting it in."

The decision to play, and make plays like that, is not without its risks.

Anderson said if he had had an operation when he first felt the pain he would have missed three weeks. But if the problem persists and Anderson has surgery sometime soon he could miss up to six weeks while feeling more pronounced pain.

Johnson sent Anderson home on Monday to get more rest, but the outfielder said he had trouble sleeping because of the pain.

"I think this is something nobody really knows about," Johnson said. "I talked to two awfully experienced doctors and none of them recommended surgery for him at this point . . . Brady's going to be the doctor this time. He's going to tell them when he wants them to do it."

Anderson said he feels more secure now that he is surrounded by familiar doctors and is being monitored by the Orioles training staff. Last weekend in Boston, Anderson did not have those luxuries.

Pub Date: 7/24/96

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