On mend, Bordick targets Friday for his return from DL

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Shortstop has been out since suffering fractured right kneecap on July 15

Notebook

August 10, 2002|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

DETROIT - There is no set timetable for Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick's return from the disabled list, but he would like to rejoin the roster when the team begins its next homestand Friday.

Bordick fractured his right kneecap on July 15, forcing him to spend the next three weeks in a brace.

"We're going on how I feel, and I feel good," Bordick said yesterday. "I don't know if I'm ready to play every day. I think I'm going to need probably this week to get my legs back under me, but as far as moving around out there, everything feels great."

Bordick took ground balls pretty much every day for six months before he injured himself. When he started taking ground balls again Tuesday, he woke up the next morning and his right leg felt wobbly.

"It's unbelievable how quick you lose what you've worked for," said Bordick, who raised his average 30 points to .242 in the six weeks before his injury.

Waiver news

Orioles officials cannot comment on waiver moves, but ESPN.com reported yesterday that Scott Erickson cleared waivers and Sidney Ponson did not. Neither transaction would be considered a surprise, as teams often try to put players through waivers during August in the off chance one might be traded.

The significance for Ponson is knowing for sure that he won't be traded this season, although those chances were slim and grew slimmer yesterday with news of his torn shoulder cartilage.

Richard's turn to sit

With the Detroit Tigers sending left-hander Mike Maroth to the mound last night, Hargrove didn't include the left-handed hitting Chris Richard in his starting lineup, even though Richard was hitting .424 in nine games since coming off the disabled list.

Besides the switch-hitting Luis Lopez and Gary Matthews, Hargrove went with all right-handed hitters, leaving Jay Gibbons on the bench, as well. Having both Richard and Jeff Conine back from the disabled list, Hargrove certainly has more choices every day.

"It beats the heck out of trying to find people to put in spots," Hargrove said. "For the last couple months we haven't had much choice. But the guys we've asked to do jobs, they've done them, and they've done them very well."

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