MINNEAPOLIS - The only grain of good news that the Orioles could take from David Segui's wrist examination yesterday was delivered by Mike Flanagan, the team's vice president of baseball operations.
"All I know," he said, "is it's not as bad as they thought."
Otherwise, the Orioles were short on details, but hopeful that surgery could be avoided.
Following Segui's visit to hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham yesterday in Baltimore, the Orioles were told the left wrist is "a little bit loose." But they're not sure whether the tendon is damaged or if Segui again will require season-ending surgery on it, which last year limited him to 26 games.
Segui returned to Baltimore on Sunday after a lump appeared on the side of his wrist. He described hearing a ripping sound while swinging at a changeup from New York's Sterling Hitchcock during Thursday's game at Yankee Stadium, but he played the next night in Toronto.
Manager Mike Hargrove held Segui out of Saturday's lineup, and the Orioles placed him on the disabled list while describing the injury as a sprain.
The Orioles also are waiting to learn whether this is an old or new injury.
"They'll know more tomorrow. I guess it's something you watch day-to-day," Flanagan said.
"He's got something going on in there. We'll have to see how it responds the next few days."
Segui wasn't the only Oriole to receive medical attention yesterday. Melvin Mora's left hand was examined in Baltimore. X-rays were negative, and he's expected to rejoin the team for tonight's game against Minnesota at the Metrodome.
Mora still is bothered by pain at the base of his palm after being hit by Atlanta's Greg Maddux on June 20. He had already received permission from the team to fly home during yesterday's open date to celebrate his quintuplets' second birthday.
Though the Orioles didn't make any trades, they took care of a personnel matter in their farm system.
Shortstop Ed Rogers cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Bowie, where he batted .203 in 63 games before the Orioles designated him for assignment. They wanted him off the 40-man roster to make room for catcher Robert Machado.
One team was interested in trading for Rogers, but backed out of the deal a few days ago.
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