Mathews drives home point he's ready

June 14, 1998|By Joe Strauss

TORONTO -- Reliever Terry Mathews made the three-hour drive from Rochester, N.Y., to Toronto early yesterday morning and declared himself ready to re-enter the Orioles' bullpen.

After pitching three innings in his second rehab start, Mathews said he is satisfied with the movement on his pitches and believed his control improved from a previous appearance at Double-A Bowie. On June 6, he was put on the disabled list retroactive to June 2 because of shoulder stiffness.

"Every indication I've had is that [Friday] night was it. But experience tells you never to be certain about anything," said Mathews, who was rushed back onto the active roster May 26 without a rehab assignment, appeared twice, then went back on the disabled list.

"I feel like I've done everything I needed to do."

Manager Ray Miller won't fight him. The Orioles are desperate for right-handed middle relief now that Sidney Ponson is in the rotation.

Mathews likely would replace left-handed rookie Radhames Dykhoff, who allowed two runs in one inning in his only appearance June 7.

Pub Date: 6/14/98

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