R. Hernandez still hurting

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Catcher gets injection for sprained wrist

Mora scratched

May 14, 2008|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER

Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez received a cortisone injection in his injured left wrist Monday and might not be available until the team begins its weekend series against the Washington Nationals. Third baseman Melvin Mora was scratched from the lineup last night after being hit on the right shoulder during infield drills.

So much for that four-man bench.

Hernandez, who hasn't played since Friday, didn't swing a bat yesterday and sat out last night's game against the Boston Red Sox. If he can't play in today's series finale, he'll receive additional time to heal with tomorrow's open date on the schedule. X-rays and a magnetic resonance imaging didn't reveal any structural damage, and the Orioles are listing the injury as a sprain, which Hernandez said has caused him discomfort for about two weeks.

"They say I have a little inflammation, but everything went well," he said. "We'll try to get the inflammation down for a couple days and I'll start swinging the bat and see where we're at."

Mora was struck by a bad-hop grounder while the Orioles took batting practice. X-rays were negative, and he's day-to-day.

"I got hit in the same spot I got hit in spring training," he said. "It hurt. It gave me a headache."

Trachsel skipped

With no games slated for tomorrow or Monday, manager Dave Trembley will temporarily go with a four-man rotation and skip Steve Trachsel.

Daniel Cabrera starts today, with Garrett Olson and Brian Burres starting the first two games of the Nationals series. Jeremy Guthrie, who pitched last night, will return to the mound Sunday.

Trembley is reluctant to use Trachsel out of the bullpen because the veteran has pitched in relief only once in 417 major league regular-season appearances -- for the Chicago Cubs in 1995.

"I used to be that guy that was bumping other guys, so I know how that works," said Trachsel, who is 2-4 with a 6.75 ERA in seven starts. "It's just part of the game being the fifth guy. I wasn't surprised. I knew with the off days that it's much easier to have one guy getting bumped then to have everybody pitching on seven and eight days' [rest]. I just have to suck it up."

The break comes after Trachsel won his latest start Friday night in Kansas City, Mo. Before that, he allowed six runs in three innings and lost to the Los Angeles Angels.

Trembley indicated that he would eventually like to slot Trachsel between Olson and Burres to break up the two left-handers.

Bancells honored

Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells, who has held the position for 21 seasons, was inducted into the Maryland Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame on Monday night in a ceremony at CCBC-Catonsville.

Bancells is the second Orioles trainer to receive the honor. His predecessor, the late Ralph Salvon, was inducted posthumously in 2005.

"I was selected by guys I've known for a lot of years in this state as athletic trainers, so it means even more when it's from your peers," said Bancells, who didn't know he was being inducted until showing up for the meeting.

Bancells has been with the Orioles for 25 seasons, and in the organization for 32.

Around the horn

Bullpen coach Alan Dunn will serve as pitching coach over the weekend while Rick Kranitz attends his daughter's college graduation. ... Red Sox manager Terry Francona will miss the series to attend his mother-in-law's funeral. Bench coach Brad Mills is managing the club in Francona's absence. ... Reliever Chris Ray will throw off a mound Monday for the first time since undergoing ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. Ray and Adam Loewen will join the team next weekend in Tampa, Fla., and throw bullpen sessions.

roch.kobatko@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.

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