Spasms send Jeff Robinson to orthopedic clinic


SARASOTA, Fla. -- Pitcher Jeff Robinson, who was acquired (( by the Baltimore Orioles in trade for Mickey Tettleton, was sent off camp for a medical examination yesterday after experiencing apparent muscle spasms in his right forearm.

Robinson was scheduled to start today's intrasquad game, but could be held back pending the results of the examination.

"He said it was cramping up on him a little bit," pitching coach Al Jackson said, "so I told him to go see the trainers."

He eventually was sent to a nearby orthopedic medical clinic for further evaluation.

* The Orioles have purchased the contract of former Stanford University outfielder Paul Carey from the Miami Miracles -- an unaffiliated minor-league club that participated in last year's June free-agent draft.

Carey, a two-time All-American who hit .327 at the Class A level last year, is best remembered for the game-winning grand slam he hit off Ben McDonald in the 1987 College World Series. The home run brought Stanford back from a 5-2 deficit in the 10th inning to defeat LSU, 6-5.

The Miracles were required to auction him off to the highest-bidding major-league club. The Orioles, who would like to stock their new stadium with left-handed power hitters, delivered the highest bid.

* Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer threw another 15 minutes (110 pitches) of batting practice yesterday and said that he felt he was making progress. But he also experienced some arm pain during his windupand aggravated a couple of blisters on his right foot.

"Is this fun?" he said, holding his sore toes up for all to see. "Yeah, it's still fun."

Palmer still is scheduled to start tomorrow's intrasquad game and pitch three innings in an exhibition game Monday.

He said, however, that he would have no trouble walking away from his comeback attempt if he felt it necessary.

"I'm not boxed in by it," he said. "I could walk away. I would disappoint some of the people who have supported me, but there comes a time when you have to go on what's best for yourself."

Still, Palmer insists that he intends to take his comeback try as far as he can.

"The only thing to do is play it out and find out what happens," he said.

* Designated hitter Sam Horn and utility man Juan Bell agreed to contracts yesterday, bringing the number of unsigned players down to four. Gregg Olson, Randy Milligan, Mike Devereaux and John Mitchell remain unsigned with a week left before the deadline for automatic contract renewal.

* Right-hander Dave Johnson was hit on his pitching hand by a comebacker during batting practice yesterday. He apparently suffered a bruise below his thumb, but no X-rays were required.

* Major League Players Association director Donald Fehr held a two-hour meeting with the Orioles yesterday, which forced the club to alter its workout schedule for the third time in a week. Two other workouts have been affected by rain.

* Outfielder Dwight Evans, who missed Sunday's workout with the flu, was back to a full schedule of activities yesterday.

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