Matos has successful shin surgery


Center fielder's rehab will start in Puerto Rico

August 12, 2004|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles center fielder Luis Matos underwent successful surgery yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital to insert a rod in his fractured right shin. He was allowed to return home last night and will be on crutches for about 10 days.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Cosgarea, an orthopedic specialist.

Matos was "in recovery and doing fine," said Orioles head trainer Richie Bancells. "He'll basically have to stay off [his leg] for about two weeks and then he'll go home to Puerto Rico if everything goes well. We'll set up his rehab down there and he's probably three months away from doing any real running."

The surgery became necessary when the fracture widened after Matos ran into the Green Monster in Boston on July 21. The initial injury became apparent in spring training.

"It'll pretty much be a straight-forward rehab in terms of strengthening the leg after it heals up," Bancells said.

Meanwhile, pitcher Eric DuBose is expected to begin a throwing program in Sarasota, Fla., within a week after bone chips were removed from his left elbow. There's a slight chance he'll be allowed to throw an inning or two in the fall instructional league, and the Orioles expect him to be ready by spring training.

Two straight for Segui

David Segui has made significant progress in his second injury rehab assignment. He played in consecutive games.

Starting again as the designated hitter for Double-A Bowie, Segui went 1-for-4 with a run scored yesterday in the Baysox's 10-9 home loss to Harrisburg at Prince George's Stadium. He also was hit by a pitch.

Segui was pulled from his first assignment after one game because of swelling in his surgically repaired left knee. He worked out with the Orioles before returning to Bowie this week, and was 2-for-4 with a run scored Tuesday.

One observer noted that Segui is running tentatively on the bases but seems to be getting his timing back at the plate.

With Bowie off today before hitting the road, Segui will join Single-A Frederick tomorrow and spend at least three games with the Keys.

"We'll re-evaluate him after Sunday," said Ed Kenney, director of baseball administration.

Newhan's friendly confines

David Newhan, who grew up about 15 minutes from Angel Stadium, remained one of the most popular visitors among the Orioles last night. When his family moved while was in junior high school, the distance covered only a few miles.

At least he hasn't been inundated with ticket requests.

"It helped that my family and a lot of my friends went ahead and bought tickets," he said. "In L.A., it would probably be tough."

A diehard Angels fan as a kid, Newhan said he attended the 1986 AL Championship Series and was prepared to celebrate the team's trip to the World Series until Donnie Moore served up a game-turning home run to Boston's Dave Henderson in the ninth inning of Game 5. The Red Sox won in the 11th; Moore committed suicide in 1989.

"I was ready to jump on the field like all the other ones, but it didn't work out," said Newhan, whose father, Ross, is a Hall of Fame baseball writer with the Los Angeles Times.

"It was really a shame. Donnie was one of my favorites. He was always super nice to me when I'd be in the clubhouse or at spring training."

Orioles today

Opponent: Anaheim Angels

Site: Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Calif.)

Time: 4:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/WBAL (1090 AM)

Starters: Orioles' Rodrigo Lopez (9-7, 3.92) vs. Angels' Bartolo Colon (11-8, 5.41)

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