Boskie gets hook by O's for last time Club fails to pick up option of injury-plagued swingman

October 21, 1997|By Joe Strauss | Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF

After beginning last spring as the Orioles' fifth starter, Shawn Boskie yesterday became their first casualty this fall when the club announced its decision not to pick up the option year of his contract.

The move was not unexpected and comes less than a month after the right-hander underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip from his elbow. Boskie last appeared as an Oriole on Sept. 15 against Cleveland. At the time, he was suffering from inflammation of the joint.

Boskie, 30, signed as a free agent last December following a 12-11 season with the California Angels. He successfully vied with Rick Krivda, Scott Kamieniecki and Jimmy Haynes for the fifth starter's berth during spring training, but made only two starts separated by 11 days before tumbling from the rotation.

Boskie later returned to the rotation and finished 2-3 with a 6.95 ERA in nine starts. He was 4-3 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 relief appearances. His overall 6.43 ERA was a casualty of a horrid start (11.20 April ERA) and an injured finish (24.92 September ERA).

Tendinitis in the elbow forced him to the disabled list Aug. 16 to Sept. 1. When he returned, Boskie still hadn't recovered full strength in the elbow. After his arm locked on occasion, he was re-examined and the bone chip confirmed. Boskie's 77 innings pitched were the second-fewest of an eight-year major-league career.

The Orioles envision several candidates for Boskie's swing role, among them Nerio Rodriguez, Esteban Yan and Rocky Coppinger, who missed most of the year with shoulder and elbow problems. An attempt also will be made to re-sign Kamieniecki as a free agent.

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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