Richard pulls a muscle, will remain at Rochester

He was set to be activated

O's will recall B. Roberts

July 26, 2002|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

The Orioles scratched their plans to activate Chris Richard from the disabled list after Richard strained his right gluteus muscle Wednesday night doing fielding drills before Triple-A Rochester's game at Toledo.

Richard will remain on his rehabilitation assignment with Rochester, and the Orioles will recall infielder Brian Roberts for tonight's game in Boston against the Red Sox. Roberts was in line for a promotion last week, but the Orioles were in Toronto and had to leave Roberts with Rochester because he didn't have his passport on the East Coast.

The Orioles announced their plans to activate Richard on Wednesday, saying they could use his left-handed bat even though his right shoulder injury would prevent him from playing in the field. He remained in the pre-game lineup for Rochester Wednesday and strained the muscle while fielding ground balls and flipping them to second base.

"Just when you think you know it all, you don't know anything," said Orioles vice president for baseball operations Syd Thrift. "I thought Etch [Rochester manager Andy Etchebarren] was pulling my leg when he called me. I guess you can't lose your sense of humor."

Thrift said Richard's latest injury might take only a few days to heal, but the Orioles can't afford the roster space. Richard has hit .390 in the first 14 games of his rehabilitation assignment at Rochester, Double-A Bowie and short-season Single-A Aberdeen.

Roberts hit .234 in 36 games with the Orioles before being sent back to Rochester on July 12. With Rochester, he is batting .305. The Orioles sent outfielder Luis Matos back to Double-A Bowie in time for last night's game.

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