Anderson left hand may be broken O's center fielder hit by throw on steal, says 'it made a loud sound'

X-rays scheduled today

Injury toll rising

Miller confident it's just bruise

March 27, 1998|By Joe Strauss | Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF

VIERA, Fla. -- Orioles center fielder Brady Anderson will undergo X-rays this morning to determine whether he suffered a broken bone or a severely bruised left hand in yesterday's exhibition game against the Florida Marlins.

Anderson was struck just above the last two fingers of his left hand while stealing second base during the sixth inning. Catcher Charles Johnson's throw eluded shortstop Edgar Renteria and glanced off Anderson, who quickly got to his feet, ran to third base, called time, then hustled into the clubhouse.

"I thought I heard it," Anderson said. "It made a loud sound."

The incident comes at about the same juncture as last spring's rib fracture that forced Anderson to begin the season as designated hitter.

"This is usually the time of year when I like to break a bone, so it looks like I'm right on schedule," Anderson said after icing the hand for about 15 minutes.

Manager Ray Miller sounded confident, however, that Anderson suffered no worse than a bruise. Initial swelling subsided by the time Anderson left for a three-hour return to Fort Lauderdale and the center fielder was able to flex the hand.

"It blew up right away," said Anderson, scheduled for a round of X-rays at 9 a.m. today. "I could tell right away something was sticking out."

"It looked bad, but there didn't seem to be any structural damage," said Miller, who followed Anderson into the clubhouse after dispatching catcher Chris Hoiles to pinch run.

The Orioles suddenly find themselves confronting a series of injuries after negotiating most of camp without incident. Pitcher Scott Kamieniecki still is uncertain whether he will be able to make Sunday's exhibition start against the New York Mets at Camden Yards.

Backup catcher Lenny Webster may have to begin the season on the disabled list because of recurring pain in a problematic right elbow. Webster has been assured he is not suffering from bone chips, but it is the same problem that left his right hand numb for nearly two months after last season.

Reliever Arthur Rhodes reported no residual soreness after twisting his knee making a barehanded catch during Wednesday night's game.

Pub Date: 3/27/98

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