Segui's injury sends Milligan back to first


SARASOTA, Fla. -- Randy Milligan's debut as an outfielder with the Orioles was postponed yesterday because of an injury to David Segui.

Segui pulled a buttocks muscle that could keep him sidelined several days and was scratched as one of the starting first basemen in yesterday's intrasquad game. "It's not a bad pull, but it's deep," said manager Frank Robinson. "That makes it difficult to treat."

Milligan, who was supposed to play leftfield, replaced Segui at first base.

* THE HITTING EDGE: Each side had 12 hits as coach Elrod Hendricks' team beat the one led by Cal Ripken Sr., 8-6. Sam Horn had a homer and double and drove in three runs and Mike Devereaux had three hits for the winners.

Cal Ripken Jr. hit a two-run homer on his first at-bat and added a double, and Leo Gomez homered and had three runs batted in for the losers.

Of the eight pitchers who worked, Baltimorean Mike Linskey was the only one to come away unscathed. The lefthander allowed one hit and had one strikeout in two impressive innings.

Glenn Davis singled in his first at-bat and drew a walk in four plate appearances. Outfielder Tony Chance had the toughest day, striking out all four times he batted.

The Orioles will play their final intrasquad game today, when Jim Palmer is scheduled to pitch two innings, then open a 33-game exhibition schedule against the White Sox tomorrow.

* BEN'S BUMMER: The injury that has sidelined LSU basketball star Shaquille O'Neal for the SEC tournament and possibly for the NCAAs has LSU alum Ben McDonald in a state of shock.

"This is a depressing day in the sports world," said McDonald. "I'll be depressed for at least a week. The best player in the country and he's out for the season."

* WORLD'S LOUDEST HOOPSTER: Dick Vitale was one of two notable visitors to the Orioles' camp yesterday.

The ESPN-ABC basketball analyst, dressed in a warmup suit that made him resemble a walking billboard, immediately sought out Cal Ripken Jr. "Where's Rip?" asked Vitale. "I understand he's a hoopster."

While Vitale and Ripken talked near the batting cage, reliever Kevin Hickey starting doing an impersonation from centerfield.

"Hey, Duke, all the way, baby," screamed Hickey, doing his best Vitale sound-alike.

"You make my all-airport team," retorted Vitale. "You look good at the airport, but you can't play a lick."

Later Hickey, trying to aggravate McDonald, took the righthander over to Vitale and said: "Hey Dick, Shack [O'Neal] is overrated, right?"

"He's not overrated, baby, he's for real," replied Vitale. "This guy [pointing to McDonald] was overrated."

He wasn't talking about McDonald the pitcher, but McDonald the 6-foot-7 forward who went to LSU on a basketball scholarship and played one year before concentrating on baseball.

* QUIETEST ARM FROM THE FAR EAST: The camp's other interesting visitor yesterday introduced himself to director of player development Doug Melvin as "a famous Japanese pitcher."

He talked Melvin into a brief tryout behind the batting cages in a remote area of the practice facility. After extensive stretching and warmup exercises, the righthander displayed a distinct Japanese delivery, complete with the high leg kick -- but that was it.

After 10 minutes, Melvin informed the visitor that his services wouldn't be needed. Melvin was asked how he threw. "Like a Little League pitching machine," he said.

* THREE TO GO: Righthander John Mitchell, who was 6-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 1141/2 innings last season, signed a one-year contract yesterday with the aoarioles. Milligan, Devereaux and Gregg Olson now are the only unsigned Orioles.

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