Grimsley says he's OK, but mound in Baltimore anything but solid

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Reliever: Hip strain due to poor field conditions

August 11, 2004|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Though he couldn't be certain until given the chance to throw, Orioles reliever Jason Grimsley expected to be available last night after straining his left hip flexor while attempting to cover first base Monday.

Grimsley, who hadn't allowed an earned run in 11 appearances before last night, blamed the poor condition of the mound at Camden Yards for his injury.

"It was a mess. There were holes all over the place," he said.

"I went to cover first, and as soon as I took a step, my heel went somewhere it probably shouldn't have gone."

Grimsley assured manager Lee Mazzilli that he was OK during the flight to Anaheim.

Meanwhile, outfielder Karim Garcia didn't start for the fifth straight game after jamming his right heel while crossing first base Wednesday, but said he's been available.

"When you have a winning streak, you don't want to change anything," he said. I don't blame them. But I can play."

Tejada feeling better

Shortstop Miguel Tejada continues to be a mainstay in the lineup, even when hit with a mysterious illness.

Tejada played Monday despite being so sick that he vomited between innings. He has no idea what caused the reaction, but he's glad it's gone.

"It was something that just came in the morning," he said. "I ate breakfast and starting throwing up. I don't know what it was. But I felt better after I went to sleep."

Tejada said he never considered taking the day off. He went 0-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Monday's 7-3 win over the Texas Rangers. Last night, he had five RBIs on three hits, including a three-run homer.

"I know how to play hurt," he said. "I did wonder in the morning if I'd be able to play, but once I hit and started to sweat, I started to feel a little bit better."

Segui tries again

Serving as the designated hitter at Double-A Bowle last night, David Segui singled twice and scored a run in four at-bats in a 7-4 loss to Harrisburg.

This is Segui's second attempt to make it through the assignment. He was pulled from Bowie on June 19, after going 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, because of swelling in his left knee.

Segui went on the disabled list retroactive to April 25 and underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee 16 days later. The Orioles transferred him to the 60-day DL on July 5.

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