Anderson reinjures thigh, will try to play


July 29, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF

Brady Anderson's injury problems continued yesterday.

Anderson was replaced by Mike Devereaux in the fifth inning after drawing a walk. Anderson, who recently missed four games with appendix pain, strained his right quadriceps in the third inning while tagging up from third and scoring the Orioles' second run.

The injury first occurred early in the season and Anderson has aggravated it several times. He has missed 12 games this year; last year he played in all but one game.

"I think once you reinjure it, it hurts more but I don't think it will take as long as last time to get back," Anderson said. "I'm going to try at this point [to play tomorrow]."

Rhodes, McDowell improve

Pitching coach Pat Dobson said reliever Arthur Rhodes could come off the disabled list tomorrow and injured reliever Roger McDowell is progressing, too.

Rhodes went on the DL last week with soreness in the top of his left shoulder, and the Orioles are being careful not to aggravate the injury. Rhodes threw off a mound at full strength yesterday and said he felt fine. Dobson said the Orioles will evaluate Rhodes today and, if he still feels fine, he could be activated tomorrow.

Rhodes had surgery to repair a tear in his shoulder in September.

"Arthur threw pretty good," manager Davey Johnson said. "He threw hard. We're going pretty slow with Arthur. It's something we do not want to rush."

McDowell played catch again yesterday and he is expected to throw off a mound for the first time tomorrow. McDowell has soreness in the back of his shoulder and there is no set time frame for his return. He will be evaluated later this week.

Four-man rotation?

Johnson said all of the Orioles' starters have agreed to go along with a four-man rotation if the manager decides to implement it.

Mike Mussina at first expressed reservations, but Rocky Coppinger, David Wells and Scott Erickson all were immediately receptive.

Johnson said if he did decide to go with four starters, the new rotation would not take shape for at least another week. And, because of days off, each starter would have to pitch only three times on three days' rest.

Wells and Erickson started Saturday and yesterday, respectively, on three days' rest. Johnson said if he stayed with the five-man rotation, Jimmy Haynes, Rick Krivda and Garrett Stephenson would be candidates for the last spot in the rotation.

Johnson said Mussina and Coppinger have never pitched in a four-man rotation and he's worried it might cause them arm problems. Johnson said the starters' productivity and the Orioles' place in the standings also will factor into his decision.

"It is my decision," Johnson said. "It's something we've talked about and it's something that if it happens at all, it won't be for a while. Mike will readily go into the four-man. It's not a decision that has to be made right now."


The Orioles are heading south of the border to sign players for Triple-A Rochester.

They recently signed Will Flynt, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound left-hander from the Mexican League. Flynt will be pitching professionally in the United States for the first time since 1991. Flynt also has pitched in Mexico, Canada, the Netherlands and Taiwan.

The Orioles also are close to signing Domingo Martinez, a first baseman from the Mexican League. Martinez, a former Toronto Blue Jays prospect, was a teammate of Archie Corbin's in Mexico. Corbin, a reliever for the Red Wings who spent a few weeks with the Orioles, also was signed out of the Mexican League.

Martinez, who turned 29 yesterday, is waiting for his work visa and should be in Rochester shortly thereafter.

Around the horn

Orioles director of player development Syd Thrift is in Seattle scouting players for a possible trade with the Mariners. Assuming Thrift was in nearby Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday watching the Mariners' Triple-A farm team play, he would have seen homers by both prospects rumored to be involved in a possible deal for Wells, catcher Chris Widger and infielder Desmond Relaford. . . . The Orioles have gone 104 games without pitching a shutout this year, tying the longest single-season streak in their history. In 1994 they went 103 games without one, then threw four shutouts in the season's last 10 games. The Orioles are the only team in the majors without a shutout this year. . . . Pitcher Calvin Maduro was promoted to Rochester and started for the Red Wings yesterday. Maduro was the Bowie Baysox's only representative in the Double-A All-Star Game. . . . Jeffrey Hammonds had four hits Friday and is hitting .274 (three homers, 19 RBIs) for the Red Wings.

Pub Date: 7/29/96

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