Healthy or not, Anderson returns

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Sore ankle gets a test as Miller has few options

O's make Corsi at home

August 03, 1999|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Though not proclaiming his left ankle any better than in recent days, Orioles center fielder Brady Anderson returned to the lineup last night in his familiar leadoff spot.

Anderson didn't play in the three-game series in Seattle because of soreness in the ankle, which has been persistent since he jammed it into the padded fence in center during Wednesday's game against Texas at Camden Yards. He played the next day but was advised by the club's medical personnel to rest it and aim for a return in Oakland.

With Cal Ripken in Baltimore to have his back examined, the Orioles were down to three bench players. They couldn't afford to have Anderson remain unavailable, and manager Ray Miller penciled his name in the lineup before the three-time All-Star had arrived in the clubhouse.

It's gotten so bad, pitcher Mike Mussina has moved up the outfield depth chart.

Anderson hadn't done much to test the ankle while in Seattle and had no idea how it would respond until he played. "It doesn't matter how it is. I'm going to play with it like this," he said before going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

"I've treated it pretty aggressively the last few days while staying off it and not doing anything at all to aggravate it -- no batting practice, nothing. Maybe it's gotten a little better. If it hasn't, that's the way it goes."

Asked if Anderson's condition had improved, Miller said, "I hope so. That's what they told me. Three complete games and he'd be ready, so I wrote his name down."

Welcome aboard

New Orioles reliever Jim Corsi barely had made it through the door of the visitors' clubhouse when he started recognizing familiar faces. He shook hands with Anderson and allowed Doug Johns to conduct a mock interview with reporters, his most pressing question involving Corsi's participation in the post-game meal.

For someone who was signed off waivers from Boston on July 2 and shuttled to Triple-A Rochester, Corsi sure seemed to be popular.

"This is great," he said. "After leaving Boston, the next best thing was playing in Baltimore. They have a good organization. It's a good team, a great bunch of guys. I know a lot of them. It's nice to walk into a place and not feel like a total stranger."

Corsi had been contacted by a few clubs after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox. He saw the Orioles as his quickest route back to the majors.

"They're the ones who said, `We'll get you there as soon as possible,' " he said.

And in his familiar middle-relief role, with a chance to set up closer Mike Timlin.

"I'll sit in the 'pen and wait for the telephone to ring," he said. "I usually pitch the sixth, seventh or eighth. I've done that most of my career."

Waiver night at movies

Left-hander Jesse Orosco heard the rumors that he might be traded before Saturday's waiver deadline, but chose to ignore them. He went to the movies that night, returned to his hotel room around 9: 30 Pacific time -- a half-hour past the deadline -- and flipped on the television to see if his name was mentioned.

It wasn't, and he remained an Oriole.

"I wasn't going to stick around for anything," he said.

"I had heard a couple things, but I didn't anticipate a move. It all sounded a little more toward [Juan] Guzman and even Arthur [Rhodes]."

Guzman was traded to Cincinnati for two minor-league pitchers. Rhodes nearly went to the New York Yankees, but a deal couldn't be completed in time.

Orosco seemed to be relieved the club basically was kept intact, even though it slipped 13 games under .500 last night.

Does he believe the Orioles still have a chance to salvage their season?

"We have no choice but to look at it that way," he said. "We've got to do the best we can to get back in this thing. We have a solid club."

Around the horn

Today from 9 a.m. to noon, the Orioles Wives will work on the Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity house on East 30th Street they are sponsoring this season. The Oriole Advocates will hold their Hall of Fame luncheon Aug. 20 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor from noon to 2 p.m. This year's inductees are Eddie Murray and Frank Cashen. For more information, call Robert Bates at 410-321-6645. Tim Bishop, the club's strength and conditioning coach, will host his annual 5K run on Saturday, Aug. 21, starting at 8 a.m. at Camden Yards. The entry fee is $15 before next Tuesday and $18 until Aug. 20, with proceeds benefiting the Baltimore City Special Olympics. Information: 410-377-8882.

Streaky season

Aside from plummeting during their 10-game skid, the streaky Orioles really haven't lost or made up much ground on AL East leaders this season:

Record

Streak Dates at end GB

Lost 6 4/16-4/22 3-12 -8 1/2

Won 5 5/2-5/7 11-17 -8

Lost 6 5/10-5/15 12-24 -8 1/2

Won 7 6/9-6/16 28-36 -9 1/2

Won 4 6/18-6/22 32-37 -8 1/2

Lost 10 6/23-7/3 32-47 -17 1/2

Lost 4 7/6-7/9 34-51 -17 1/2

Won 5 7/10-7/17 39-51 -14 1/2

Won 6 7/20-7/25 45-53 -15 1/2

Lost 5 7/29-8/2 46-59 -17 1/2

Pub Date: 8/03/99

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