Segui strains Achilles' running to 1st


`Don't think it's serious'

Allen quiets fears of knee


March 16, 2002|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Orioles first baseman David Segui left last night's exhibition game against the NewYork Mets after two innings with a strained right Achilles' tendon.

Segui, who was serving as the designated hitter, grounded out in his only at-bat in the Orioles' 6-3 victory over the New York Mets. He apparently suffered the injury earlier in the week and aggravated it last night running to first.

"David hurt his ankle a little bit and we just took him out as a precaution," manager Mike Hargrove said. "We'll know more tomorrow, but I don't think it's anything serious."

Segui won't accompany the Orioles to Jupiter, Fla., for today's game against St. Louis.

"I just strained my Achilles' a little bit. It'll be fine in a couple days," Segui said.

The Orioles are counting on Segui to remain healthy this year after appearing in only 82 games in 2001. He was batting .323 with six RBIs before last night.

Allen knee OK for now

The thought pops into Hargrove's head each time he sees outfielder Chad Allen trying to take the extra base or breaking in for a fly ball.

Will his right knee hold together?

Playing for the Minnesota Twins last year, Allen tore the anterior cruciate ligament during an Aug. 14 game in Cleveland. A spring invitee to the Orioles' camp, he said the knee is "close to 95 percent" healed. He also doesn't want any special treatment from his manager.

"I'm surprised he's as far along as he is. It's obvious that's he's not 100 percent, but for a guy who's not 100 percent he does a pretty doggone good job," Hargrove said.

"My main concern watching him is he's going to reinjure himself and undo some of the good that the surgery did."

Sensing this, Allen stopped by Hargrove's office upon reporting to camp and said he didn't want to be favored because of the injury.

"I didn't want my knee to be the factor in me making this team or not making this team. I wanted what I did on the field to decide whether I made this team or not," Allen said. " ... I appreciate what he's done and him putting me in the games."

"He wants to play," Hargrove said, "and you have to admire that sort of an attitude. At the same time, you need to use a little bit of caution and try to help it be stronger to where he can be effective day in and day out."

Allen had appeared in eight games before last night, going 4-for-16 with no homers or RBIs. He's trying to make the club as the last outfielder, a job also sought by Ryan McGuire and Luis Garcia. McGuire was batting .240 (6-for-25) with a home run before last night, while Garcia was hitting .357 (5-for-14) with four RBIs.

"I don't know what impression I've made on them. I'm just trying to go out and play hard every day and prove to him that I belong on this team. Whether I've done that or not, I have no idea," Allen said.

"I don't know if they're going to keep one or two extra outfielders. It's just a matter of going out there and playing hard and praying to God that I get on [the roster]."

Full house

Fort Lauderdale Stadium experienced its first sellout last night, with more than 8,703 fans passing through the turnstiles for the first time since the Orioles moved their spring training camp to south Florida seven years ago. The previous high was 8,024 on March 7, 2000, also vs. the Mets.

Around the horn

Josh Towers went four innings in a Triple-A game in Fort Myers, Fla. Observers say he would have gone longer if not for an inconsistent plate umpire whose refusal to call third strikes forced Towers to run up his pitch count.

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