Davis to get treatment this week in Milwaukee Outfielder alters schedule to accommodate postseason


September 24, 1997|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

TORONTO -- Outfielder Eric Davis has moved his chemotherapy treatments from Wednesdays to Fridays. And this week, he won't be leaving the Orioles to have the latest one done.

Davis will receive his treatment at 11 a.m. in Milwaukee, where the Orioles begin a three-game series that ends the regular season, and attempt to play during the weekend. This will be the ninth of 18 treatments for Davis over 22 weeks.

He altered his schedule, after checking with doctors, because of the days off that fall on Fridays during the postseason.

Davis was out of the lineup again last night, the second consecutive game he's missed since starting two straight against Detroit. Davis informed bench coach Andy Etchebarren yesterday that he was feeling a little tired.

Manager Davey Johnson said Davis probably would play tonight.

Mathews gets back on line

Johnson has said that it's much easier for him to manage, and to keep his bullpen rested, when Terry Mathews is going good. Knowing this, Mathews said he feels as though he's let the club down.

"Some of these guys have had to work a little more than they normally would have. That just puts a strain on everyone," he said.

Mathews, whose ERA has soared to 4.62, said he's felt better his last four times on the mound. The results haven't always shown it, though.

"Baseball's a weird game," he said. "You can actually throw good and not have success over a one-inning outing. I've made a couple mistakes, and when things are going bad, every time you make a mistake they capitalize on it. When you're going good, they hit the ball hard foul or right at someone. But things are definitely getting back on line."

Johnson hopes so. It's been harder for him to bridge the gap between his starters and setup man Armando Benitez with Mathews busy trying to correct some flaws in his mechanics. It's rTC also been tougher keeping the other relievers fresh, with Johnson having to make some moves he'd prefer avoiding.

"I can come in and throw four innings, if needed, but I'm definitely more of a one-inning-every-night type of guy," Mathews said. "I can do that, where some guys need their rest. So, as long as I can do my job, I keep everyone else in the bullpen on their game."

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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