Segui, club disagree as wrist diagnosis upgraded to bruise

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Hargrove says doctors feel he can play with it

vet throws report in trash

May 08, 2002|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Another examination of David Segui's left wrist yesterday brought a firm diagnosis from the Orioles and a split opinion over the findings.

The Orioles announced that Segui has a bruised extensor tendon and some cartilage damage, but he remained on the Orioles' active roster through last night's 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Manager Mike Hargrove indicated that Segui, who swung a bat in the tunnel last night without appearing in the game, could play tonight for the first time since being scratched Friday.

Segui already received a CT scan, magnetic resonance imaging test and cortisone shot because of persistent pain in the wrist. He told The Sun on Monday that he had a torn tendon that would require surgery and possibly keep him out six to eight weeks. He was agitated last night by the upgrading of his condition, and said he received a statement from the club, to be read to the media, that he threw in the trash.

"I hear it's a bruise now," he said. "I don't know how it goes from a tear to a bruise."

"We try to speak with one voice," Hargrove said, "and sometimes things fall off into holes and it doesn't come out that way. It's never a pretty situation, a good situation, when that happens, but I know that everyone's working extremely hard to make sure that never happens. This time it did."

The diagnosis from team doctors included an injury to the TFCC ligament complex, which involves cartilage in the wrist. Speaking of the bruised tendon, Hargrove said, "Saying it's a bruise is downplaying it a little bit. I don't want to say it's more serious, but I think there's more to it than just a bruise. It's something the doctors feel he can play with and we'll see where that goes."

The injury occurred April 26 on a play at the plate.

Segui took some left-handed swings in the indoor and outdoor cages yesterday. Hitting coach Terry Crowley met with Hargrove after the indoor session. The injury prevents Segui from batting right-handed because he can't release his left hand.

Outfielder Larry Bigbie could be recalled if Segui goes on the disabled list. Bigbie went 6-for-6 in Triple-A Rochester's 11-3 victory over Indianapolis on Monday, raising his average to .400. He wasn't in Rochester's lineup last night, leading to speculation that he was headed here.

"Certainly, the fact that Larry's been here before and with the spring that he had and what he's doing now, if we do need to bring up somebody, I would think he'd be one of the guys we'd seriously look at," Hargrove said before the game.

J. Johnson on mend

Once intent on making Friday's start against Tampa Bay, Jason Johnson now concedes he'll need a little more time before coming off the disabled list.

Johnson fractured his right middle finger while shadow throwing before an April 25 game at Camden Yards. He had the finger examined again yesterday and hoped the splint would be removed.

"It feels great. There's no pain," he said. "I still want to pitch [Friday], but it's been a couple weeks, so I'll probably have to do some throwing first."

Bad pitch, bad bruise

Reliever Travis Driskill lifted his jersey yesterday to reveal a bruise above his right kidney the size of a grapefruit.

Driskill was nailed by a line drive from Jim Thome in the ninth inning Monday.

"As soon as I threw it, I saw it wasn't going to move. He stayed back and hit the heck out of it. As soon as he hit it, I knew I was going to wear it," Driskill said.

Sign of the times

Beau Hale and Mike Fontenot, first-round selections in the past two amateur drafts, will sign autographs tonight at Camden Yards from 7 to 8 p.m. on the main concourse near Gate D.

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