O's subtract Matthews, add Douglass


Tendinitis in his wrist sends outfielder to DL

pitcher gets recalled

August 26, 2002|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Unable to wait for Gary Matthews' injured wrist to heal, the Orioles placed him on the disabled list yesterday and recalled Sean Douglass from limbo.

Matthews' injury has been diagnosed as tendinitis, though he'll undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test today in Baltimore. He aggravated the injury while swinging at a pitch during Friday's game.

"In talking to the doctors, they feel that it's a minimum of seven to 10 days before he picks up a bat," said manager Mike Hargrove. "We're really talking about 15 days total. Hopefully, he'll be ready to go. We think it's the smart thing to do instead of trying to come back too early on this deal."

The Orioles could have put Matthews on the disabled list before Saturday's doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays, but they waited an extra day to see if the wrist improved.

"We weren't sure how long it was going to be. We didn't get a specific time," Hargrove said.

They were left with a short bench and an exhausted bullpen while Douglass remained in Baltimore, uncertain if he'd be joining the Orioles or returning to Triple-A Rochester. Douglass stayed in a Baltimore hotel while the Orioles determined if they needed him to pitch Game 2 on Saturday.

Matthews is batting .276 with seven homers and 38 RBIs in 107 games. This is his first trip to the disabled list. "Gary's been very important for us," Hargrove said. "We've seen the tip of the iceberg on what he can bring to the table. It's all good. The only bad part is the injury."

"Nobody wants to go on the DL," Matthews said, "but sometimes you don't have a choice. It's better to concede and give it some time."

Douglass, making his second tour with the Orioles, pitched a scoreless ninth inning yesterday. He went 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in seven games, including four starts, after an April 25 recall, and was 4-6 with a 4.73 ERA in 14 games at Rochester.

The Orioles are left with a 13-man pitching staff that includes Scott Erickson, whose next start has been pushed back to Saturday in Anaheim if the players don't go on strike. He appeared in relief yesterday for the fifth time in his career, and the first since June 18, 1997. Erickson threw two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and walking two.

Bordick passes legend

Mike Bordick needed only one batter to step up yesterday before breaking Cal Ripken's record for consecutive errorless chances. He made passing a legend appear as simple as taking ground balls.

Bordick fielded a bouncer from Toronto's Shannon Stewart and threw to first base, giving him both an assist and the record at 429. Players and coaches greeted Bordick as he returned to the dugout, and he waved to the crowd from the top step as the ovation continued. The streak grew to 434 by game's end.

"He's a great shortstop and a great person, and I was pulling for him," Ripken said after watching the championship game of the Cal Ripken World Series in Mattoon, Ill. "To play that many consecutive scoreless chances, I understand the difficulty. You need some luck and you have to be consistent, and he's one of the most consistent players in baseball."

No plans to start Bauer

The Orioles have no immediate plans to give Rick Bauer another start after he went six innings in Saturday's 8-3 loss that completed Toronto's doubleheader sweep. He returned to the bullpen yesterday, though he wouldn't be available for at least three days after throwing 92 pitches.

Bauer knew he'd be starting the second game if the opener didn't go extra innings and require his services. He gave up three runs in the fourth, including a bases-empty homer by Chris Woodward, and a two-run shot to Vernon Wells in the sixth.

"The reason I was starting is I needed to eat innings," he said. "I was going to go until I couldn't go anymore. Six innings was it. I got tired. That's one reason I gave up that last home run. Until that point, I felt good about my outing. I was a little disappointed in the sixth. I did get tired, but that's not an excuse. If you say you can go back out there, you've got to get these guys out."

Though the results didn't suit him, Bauer welcomed the chance to start again after 45 relief appearances this season. He's 0-6 as a starter since debuting on Sept. 2, though poor run support doomed him last year.

"I miss it," he said. "It's nice knowing you're going to pitch and having the whole game to yourself. If I get another chance, I'd like to, but I'll leave it to what they want to do. If I have to go back to the 'pen, I'm not going to gripe about it. I'll settle for getting innings and outings."

Around the horn

Calvin Maduro said he expects to resume pitching in two weeks, but the Orioles haven't indicated whether he'll be activated when rosters expand. ... The Orioles are 2-8 in Sunday home games. ... The Blue Jays activated Carlos Delgado from the disabled list and recalled pitcher Brian Bowles from Triple-A Syracuse. Reliever Luke Prokopec went on the disabled list with an elbow injury, and outfielder Pedro Swann was optioned to Syracuse.

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