Roch around the clock


The Kickoff

July 10, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

You might remember a left fielder who batted second for the Orioles this season and got off to a rousing start before fracturing his right fibula and tearing a ligament inside his right ankle on a slide into second base.

It happened on April 17. David Newhan was batting .265 - his average stood at .300 before he went 0-for-4 the day before his injury - with two homers, seven RBIs, eight runs scored and three stolen bases in 10 games. His production allowed the Orioles to lower Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada and Jay Gibbons one slot in the order, as manager Sam Perlozzo desired.

And then he was gone, another name added to the disabled list, only an occasional visitor to Camden Yards. I spoke with him on the phone recently after receiving an e-mail that included his cell number and instructions to call at my convenience (yes, he's that nice a guy).

Newhan informed me that he's continuing with his full body training and therapy in California, but he'll return to Baltimore on July 17 to be examined by Dr. James Campbell at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

"I'm almost done," Newhan said of his rehabbing. "The bone has healed and it's going to be fine. And the ligament is almost healed. It's just a matter of getting a little more range of motion in the ankle. I've started jogging and I'm doing a little bit of lateral side-to-side stuff."

Asked if he's ahead of schedule, Newhan said, "I don't see how I could be behind it."

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