Coppinger gets exam, extra rest

Orioles Notebook

September 12, 1996|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,SUN STAFF

Orioles rookie right-hander Rocky Coppinger underwent an elbow exam yesterday, and was bumped back two days in the rotation, meaning his next start will come on six days' rest.

Coppinger had an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) on the top of his right forearm, but doctors found no damage, and the injury has been diagnosed as a very mild strain.

Pitching coach Pat Dobson said Coppinger could have started tomorrow against Detroit, as originally scheduled. However, as a precaution, right-hander Scott Erickson and left-hander David Wells were each moved ahead a day, to start on three days' rest. "We're doing it to give Rocky a little bit extra rest," said Dobson.

Orosco asks about next year

Left-hander Jesse Orosco, at the end of an extraordinary season, has asked the Orioles about a contract for next year.

Orosco, 39, had a 1.14 ERA over 50 appearances since April 19 before yielding two runs facing two batters last night. He can become a free agent, but Orosco wants to stay, and told his agent to call the Orioles.

"They said they're very interested," Orosco said.

Orosco earned a base salary of $500,000 this year, and already has achieved his incentives of $250,000. Orosco said he'd like to make more, coming off this season, and has asked for a 1997 contract with an option in '98, which would automatically kick in if Orosco reached a predetermined number of appearances next season.

Orioles assistant general manager Kevin Malone said: "We did receive a call, and we told them we do not discuss contracts during the season, and we'll talk after the season."

Playoff ticket update

Individual game tickets for the first round of the postseason, the American League Division Series, will go on sale to the public the week of Sept. 23.

An announcement will be made regarding the process for purchasing individual postseason tickets at that time.

Thanks but no thanks

The Orioles have cut off negotiations with Dan Jones, who caught Eddie Murray's 500th homer Friday. The Orioles, who would like to acquire the ball for Murray, called Jones and asked him what he wanted for it.

According to Orioles director of public relations John Maroon, Jones told them he couldn't put a value on it and it was Murray's responsibility to make an offer.

"I talked with Eddie and we decided that enough is enough," Maroon said. "He can have the ball."

Perlozzo's father dies

The father of third base coach Sam Perlozzo passed away early yesterday after a lengthy illness. Perlozzo left the team yesterday and likely will rejoin the Orioles for their three-game series in Detroit. In Perlozzo's absence, first base coach John Stearns is coaching third and bench coach Andy Etchebarren is coaching first.

Pub Date: 9/12/96

Seeds of doubt in Big Apple

A brief sample of what they're saying in New York about the Yankees:

Newspaper: New York Post

Headline: Sliding Bombers need more than just speeches (following manager Joe Torre's speech to his players, in which Torre told them they're going to win the division).

Mood: Analytical

Writer: Joel Sherman

Text: "Somehow, George Steinbrenner invested $60 million-plus on a roster that does not have an impact offensive player. Under Steinbrenner's orders, the Yankees attempted to become more Bronx Bombers with the addition of Cecil Fielder and Darryl Strawberry and lost the patient, nuisance quality that exemplified their first-half attack. . . . Here are three ideas: 1. Play [Tim] Raines, Sit Darryl [Strawberry] 2. Bat Bernie [Williams] second 3. Get aggressive."

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