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By Roch Kubatko | May 23, 1999
Rocky Coppinger was back in the Orioles clubhouse yesterday after being recalled from Triple-A Rochester. Unlike his last stop here, when he made two starts and compiled a 13.50 ERA, Coppinger will be used out of the bullpen. Five of his six appearances with the Orioles last season came in relief."I think it will help him because Rocky is a pretty fierce competitor who builds himself up with a lot of emotion," manager Ray Miller said. "When you call him up with all he's been through and say, `You're starting Thursday,' he sits around and puts a lot of undo pressure on himself."
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | July 22, 1999
BOSTON -- The Orioles announced their dividend for Rocky Coppinger yesterday, and it became obvious the Milwaukee Brewers assumed most of the risk in Friday's trade.Right-handed reliever Al Reyes, 28, was added to the Orioles' beleaguered bullpen after he was acquired as the player to be named in the deal that cost the club its leading problem child.Reyes was pitching at Triple-A Louisville when notified of the deal Tuesday night but had crafted a 2-0 record and 4.25 ERA in 26 appearances with the Brewers before being optioned July 3 to relieve a numbers crunch.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | June 5, 1995
Rocky Coppinger, the Orioles pitching prospect who has dominated in the minors this year, threw a 3-0 shutout in his first start for Double-A Bowie at Reading yesterday.Is it completely absurd to think that Coppinger, who went 7-1 with a 1.57 ERA at Single-A Frederick before being promoted last week, could be with the Orioles by the end of the year?"No, not completely absurd," said Syd Thrift, the Orioles farm director. "It's not normal, but it's not absurd."It's not normal, but then neither is Coppinger.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1999
A flurry of roster activity following last night's game left the Orioles temporarily with 11 pitchers and Rocky Coppinger with his long-awaited passport out of Baltimore.In what is likely the opening salvo in two weeks of hectic turnover, the Orioles traded their star-crossed pitcher to the Milwaukee Brewers last night for a player to be determined while recalling third baseman Ryan Minor from Triple-A Rochester and activating middle reliever Ricky Bones from the disabled list.To make room for Bones, rookie Gabe Molina was optioned to Rochester.
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By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 20, 1997
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Rocky Coppinger lived up to his name in his second start for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings last night.The right-hander threw 101 pitches, walked six and allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings as the Pawtucket Red Sox beat the Red Wings, 7-5, at Frontier Field.Coppinger is on a rehabilitation assignment from the Orioles because of a tender right elbow and shoulder weakness.Coppinger, who struck out three, struggled from the start. He made a throwing error on leadoff hitter Donnie Sadler's grounder, walked Jesus Tavarez and gave up a three-run homer to Jose Malave on an 0-2 pitch.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | September 12, 1996
Orioles rookie right-hander Rocky Coppinger underwent an elbow exam yesterday, and was bumped back two days in the rotation, meaning his next start will come on six days' rest.Coppinger had an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) on the top of his right forearm, but doctors found no damage, and the injury has been diagnosed as a very mild strain.Pitching coach Pat Dobson said Coppinger could have started tomorrow against Detroit, as originally scheduled. However, as a precaution, right-hander Scott Erickson and left-hander David Wells were each moved ahead a day, to start on three days' rest.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | May 11, 1997
Rocky Coppinger's eyes were rimmed with tears as he strode through the Orioles' clubhouse."I got nothing to say if you guys want to talk to me," he said to reporters after the Orioles optioned him to Triple-A Rochester following yesterday's loss to the Mariners at Camden Yards.He shrugged into a coat, stormed for the door and disappeared, a portrait of youthful anger.Obviously, he didn't think much of the Orioles' decision to send him down just six weeks into a season in which he was penciled into the rotation as the club's No. 4 starter.
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By Roch Kubatko | April 23, 1997
Rocky Coppinger will make his first start tonight, and Orioles manager Davey Johnson said he expects "a good five innings."Coppinger gave the Orioles four great ones out of the bullpen last Wednesday in Chicago, allowing three hits and no walks. It was his first appearance since coming off the disabled list."He's throwing better now than he was back in spring training," Johnson said.Pub Date: 4/23/97
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By John Eisenberg | June 12, 1996
DETROIT -- Someone asked if he were nervous at the start of the game.L "You didn't see me out there shaking?" Rocky Coppinger said.He was the winning pitcher in his first major-league start last night at Tiger Stadium, but his performance was less than winning.He threw 99 pitches in five innings, juggled a multitude of base runners, allowed five runs, and watched one of his pitches bounce off the upper-deck facade."I thought I'd have better command," he said. "I made some stupid pitches -- rookie mistakes."
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By John Eisenberg | February 19, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- He is wearing uniform number 72 this spring, a football lineman's number, which is appropriate for Rocky Coppinger."He's a big sucker, isn't he?" said Orioles catcher Gregg Zaun, who, like a lot of folks, is getting his first look at the young right-handed pitcher rising in a hurry through the Orioles' organization.Fact is, Coppinger, 21, was a tight end as well as a pitcher as a high schooler in El Paso, Texas, where major colleges were recruiting him to play football.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 27, 1999
It had the eerie feel of a badly scripted dream sequence. One minute, Gabe Molina is unpacking his gear at a locker with his nameplate above it. The next, all traces of the Orioles' reliever are gone.The only thing missing was Rocky Coppinger emerging from the shower as if nothing happened.Less than 12 hours after Coppinger was optioned to Triple-A Rochester, the Orioles announced yesterday that the right-hander would remain on the active roster because of a technicality.General manager Frank Wren said the club discovered in the morning that three years had passed this month since Coppinger broke into the majors on June 6, 1996, meaning he must pass through revocable waivers before being sent down.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 26, 1999
Campaigning has begun in earnest for the July 13 All-Star Game at Fenway Park and few precincts are working it harder than the Orioles. With third baseman Cal Ripken enjoying a solid lead over Cleveland's Travis Fryman in the popular vote, Ray Miller intends to use the weekend to discuss the merits of several players with New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, who is taking input from fellow managers on reserve position players and his pitching staff."
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 13, 1999
ATLANTA -- Orioles manager Ray Miller often has stated a preference for allowing certain young pitchers more time to develop in the minors. Let them work on a regular basis rather than coming to the majors and sitting for extended periods, when fewer lessons are learned. That's the main reason reliever Gabe Molina was returned to Triple-A Rochester last month despite some impressive outings.So what is happening in the case of Rocky Coppinger, 25, who has made only three appearances since his second promotion from Rochester on May 22, the same day Molina went down?
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 28, 1999
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The wait for Lenny Webster's injured right ankle to heal will extend far beyond today, when the Orioles' backup catcher becomes eligible to leave the disabled list.Webster acknowledged yesterday that attempts to "push" the injury have not gone well and that he may not be ready to return until after the current nine-game road trip. The prospect of Webster's extended absence has caused general manager Frank Wren to launch a search for a more experienced backup than Tommy Davis, who has received one at-bat and three appearances in the field since being promoted from Triple-A Rochester on May 14."
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By Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko and Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 24, 1999
Former Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles has notified the club that he will at least postpone accepting an offer to serve as a roving minor-league catching instructor. Hoiles, in town this weekend to attend a birthday party for bullpen catcher Sammy Snider, said he experienced second thoughts after immediately accepting the position following his April 2 release."Once I had some time to think about it, I decided I'd like to spend some time away from baseball," he said. "I've been away from my family a lot during my playing career.
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By Roch Kubatko | May 23, 1999
Rocky Coppinger was back in the Orioles clubhouse yesterday after being recalled from Triple-A Rochester. Unlike his last stop here, when he made two starts and compiled a 13.50 ERA, Coppinger will be used out of the bullpen. Five of his six appearances with the Orioles last season came in relief."I think it will help him because Rocky is a pretty fierce competitor who builds himself up with a lot of emotion," manager Ray Miller said. "When you call him up with all he's been through and say, `You're starting Thursday,' he sits around and puts a lot of undo pressure on himself."
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 10, 1997
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. -- As his innings increase, so does Rocky Coppinger's dominance.Making his third start yesterday, Coppinger allowed just one hit over three shutout innings in the Orioles' 8-3 victory over the Montreal Expos at Municipal Stadium. He struck out four and hit a batter on a day when he had trouble getting loose.Coppinger hasn't given up an earned run in seven innings. He's surrendered five hits and walked one.This was Coppinger's longest outing. "I'll feel it [today]. Three is a big jump from two. I'll see how the arm reacts," he said.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1997
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The mysterious case of Rocky Coppinger took an even more abrupt turn toward the bizarre yesterday when the Orioles revoked their option of the 23-year-old pitcher to Triple-A Rochester and placed him on the 15-day disabled list.Yet at the same time the Orioles announced they were putting Coppinger on the DL because of shoulder weakness and a twinge in his right elbow, management was scheduling him for a rehab start this weekend in Rochester.The move was made after Coppinger notified manager Davey Johnson and general manager Pat Gillick that he had been pitching hurt despite his reluctance to fully disclose the nature of his injury beforehand.
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