Segui is out `minimum of three days'

Orioles notebook

O's treat Achilles' strain with caution

Roberts OK

Baseball

March 17, 2002|By Roch Kubatko and Joe Christensen | Roch Kubatko and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Orioles made the one-hour bus ride up Interstate 95 yesterday to play the St. Louis Cardinals, leaving behind their injured first baseman and questions about when he'll return.

David Segui stayed in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to receive treatment on his strained Achilles' tendon. Originally in the lineup at first base, he was replaced by Jeff Conine.

Manager Mike Hargrove projected that Segui would be unavailable for "a minimum of three days" while presenting a worse-case scenario of a full week.

"It's a day-to-day thing," Hargrove said, adding that Segui wasn't scheduled for X-rays or a magnetic resonance imaging.

Hargrove didn't regard yesterday's exclusion from the lineup as a spring training precaution.

"I think it's a little worse than that," Hargrove said, "but we want to be careful here. We'd probably be more careful now than we would be during the season."

Segui, in the lineup as designated hitter, aggravated the injury while running out a ground ball in the first inning of Friday night's 6-3 victory over the New York Mets. Mike Bordick pinch-hit for him in the third inning.

Roberts plays on

With Jerry Hairston also staying behind in Fort Lauderdale, Brian Roberts started at second base in yesterday's 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Cardinals. He went 0-for-2 with a walk, leaving his spring average at .182 in 11 at-bats.

Roberts received the usual treatment on his right elbow before the game. Diagnosed with bone chips, Roberts remains hopeful he can avoid arthroscopic surgery.

"At this point, I don't think I'll need to do anything," he said. "I'm just going to keep going along for as long as I can. I just hope it stays on this track."

First things first

Trying to make the club as a spare outfielder, Ryan McGuire has been a more regular presence at first base this spring.

McGuire entered yesterday's game for Conine in the sixth inning. Hargrove made the same switch on Friday.

"That was my primary position growing up, Little League through high school and college and the minor leagues," he said. "The last four or five years I started playing more and more outfield, so that's fine. The easier you make it on them, the more things you can do to help the team, the better off you are."

McGuire is batting .229 with one homer. He's trying to latch on with his fourth major-league club after appearing in 48 games with the Florida Marlins last season.

"I could be swinging the bat better, but I feel all right and I'm having a good time," he said. "You could ask anybody in here and I'm sure that's what they'd say. You ask the pitchers and they'd say, `Yeah, I wish I could be throwing the ball a little better, more accurate.' But I feel good. I'm healthy. And they're giving me an opportunity to go out there and play, and that's all you can ask."

If McGuire heads north with the Orioles, it most likely will be at the expense of outfield candidates Chad Allen and Luis Garcia.

"The one thing you learn over time is, nothing's for sure," he said. "It's pointless to try to read into anything or make assumptions. Just go out and play, and when Opening Day comes around, see who's on the team.

"When you play long enough, so many different things happen that, just when you think you've got it figured out, things change. You just do the best you can and hope that's enough to get you on the team."

Mora's wrist sore

After making his Grapefruit League debut Thursday, utility man Melvin Mora said his left ring finger felt fine, but his left wrist bothered him a little bit. The finger had been broken, keeping him out of the team's first 15 games.

He said the wrist was sore from wearing a cast.

"I think with a little more treatment, I'll be all right," Mora said.

Mora has played shortstop defensively in his three games, going 1-for-7 at the plate.

Around the horn

Hargrove said the next round of cuts should come within the next three or four days. ... Cardinals reliever Dave Veres, who still is drawing interest from the Orioles as a possible closer, didn't allow a hit and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings. He entered the game with a 7.71 ERA in seven innings, and opponents were batting .344 against him. In his worst outing this spring, Veres retired only one of 11 batters faced.

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