Before taking the field yesterday for pre-game stretching, David Segui leaned on a bat in front of his locker, studied his sore left knee and wondered how much longer the Orioles would play short-handed without him.
It doesn't appear that they're willing to go any further with the current arrangement.
Unable to run because of pain and swelling in the knee, Segui most likely will be placed on the disabled list for the fourth time in the past two seasons. The move is expected to come before tonight's game in Cleveland.
Segui, 37, was notified of the pending move yesterday, but the club withheld making an announcement after a 9-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Manager Lee Mazzilli said Segui wouldn't be on the team flight to Cleveland.
"We're not going to do anything until [today]," said Jim Beattie, executive vice president of baseball operations.
The injury occurred when Segui's spikes caught in the dirt while batting against former Oriole Pat Hentgen during Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Segui tried to move away from a cut fastball and twisted his knee.
"That's why I usually don't wear spikes," he said.
B.J. Surhoff took over at first base in the 10th inning, and Segui has remained out of the lineup. He's batting .298 with one homer and seven RBIs, and was 13-for-40 (.325) in his past 10 games.
Beattie met with Mazzilli and head trainer Richie Bancells yesterday morning to discuss Segui's status. Segui assumed that he'd go on the DL after the game, with a player coming up from Triple-A Ottawa to take his place on the 25-man roster, but the team decided to wait.
Segui has had two cortisone injections, the most recent on Tuesday, that didn't alleviate the discomfort or improve his flexibility.
"I don't know what it is," he said. "There's something sticking out of the side of my knee. I can hit, but when I run it gets stuck and the pain is like a knife. I can walk around all right, but I can't run."
X-rays were inconclusive because of Segui's medical past. "The knee's been operated on three times," he said, "and it's hard to tell what damage is new."
Injuries have limited Segui to 188 games, including 13 this season, since the Orioles signed him to a four-year, $28 million contract in December 2000. He still experiences pain in his left wrist after undergoing a second surgery last winter to repair a damaged tendon.
Segui played in only 67 games last year because of thumb, hamstring and wrist injuries. He missed the final 122 games of the 2002 season because of the wrist, which required surgery in May.
Hurtin' for certain
David Segui is back on the disabled list, where he has spent most of his second stint with the Orioles. A look at his injuries and the number of games he has played (date indicates when he was placed on the DL or date of injury):
Year Gms Date Injury
2001 82 4/23 Finger
.......................... 7/16 Knee
.......................... 8/23 Knee
2002 26 5/18 Hand
2003 67 3/12 Thumb
........................... 4/18 Hamstring
............................ 7/27 Wrist