Fetters almost ready for rehab stint

August 20, 1999|By Joe Strauss

Orioles reliever Mike Fetters threw for about 10 minutes yesterday, again using all his pitches and saying, "It was my best day yet as far as my command and stuff. I was really able to command my slider and my forkball."

Fetters was scheduled to throw a simulated game, but with Mike Figga starting yesterday and Charles Johnson getting a day off, there wasn't an available catcher.

Manager Ray Miller said Fetters was "close" to being ready to go on a rehab assignment in the minors. "[Trainer] Richie Bancells told me it's getting to the area where it's a field decision more than a medical decision," Miller said.

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