Gibbons' mom dies suddenly

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

He leaves team to be with family

hospital discharges dejected Penn

May 24, 2006|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER

SEATTLE -- The Orioles played last night's game without Jay Gibbons, whose mother passed away suddenly yesterday morning.

"Prayers are going out [to] Jay, and that seems to be the biggest concern now," manager Sam Perlozzo said. "I think he's in the process of making arrangements for his mom. It will become clearer tomorrow what exactly his plans are and when the funeral's going to take place."

Perlozzo said that he got a call from Gibbons' wife yesterday morning, informing him of the tragic news. Gibbons had initially called Perlozzo and told him that he'd be late, but then the two talked later, and Gibbons decided that he wasn't going to come to Safeco Field.

Gibbons, 29, told Perlozzo that he'd try to make it to the park for today's game.

"I basically told him to do whatever he has to do and don't worry about anything else," Perlozzo said. "I think this was [unexpected]. I think she was a very young lady."

Gibbons' family is from California, where the Orioles are headed after tomorrow's series finale. Perlozzo said it is too early to know if the club will place Gibbons on the bereavement list.

Penn gets out of hospital

Hayden Penn was released from the hospital yesterday morning after having an emergency appendectomy Monday night. Perlozzo arrived at the hospital to visit the 21-year-old pitcher and then drove him back to the team hotel.

"We walked out of the hospital together. I bought his painkiller [medicine] for him because he didn't have his wallet," Perlozzo said. "I said I'd split the [painkillers] with him."

Perlozzo said that Penn, who was expected to make his first Orioles start this season last night before being taken to the hospital on Monday, was very down.

"He was pretty frustrated," said Perlozzo, who said Penn faced a "three- to four-week" recovery. "I really believe the kid felt like he was ready."

Other injury news

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who has been out since April 29 because of a strained groin, said that he is hoping to return to the lineup today. ... Bancells said that that pitcher Daniel Cabrera, on the disabled list because of shoulder inflammation, will probably not be ready for another two weeks.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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