Robinson plans 5-man rotation by end of...


Robinson plans 5-man rotation by end of month

Baltimore Orioles manager Frank Robinson is in no hurry to go back to a five-man rotation, but he figures to do so before the end of the month.

"Right now, I have four starters and they are starting to give me some innings," Robinson said. "Ben [McDonald] gave me 6 2/3 innings the last time out, Jose Mesa gave me seven. Jeff Robinson gave me 7 2/3 .

"All we need right now is for the left-hander [Jeff Ballard] to give us a big performance and we will have completed the cycle for the first time. Do that about three times and we'll be over .500 and on our way."

The club could use a spot starter as soon as Saturday, but Robinson indicated that he probably wouldn't go with a regular fifth starter until after the Orioles begin a string of 17 games without an off day on May 24.

"I could go with a four-man [indefinitely] but I won't," he said. "I don't know which is better. If you have five outstanding pitchers, you're going to use them. If you don't, you use four."

Robinson still isn't saying who would be the fifth starter. Dave Johnson probably rates another chance, based on his 13-victory season last year, but Bob Milacki has been more effective of late.

Davis report could come today

The Orioles might be ready to announce a more definite rehabilitation schedule for first baseman Glenn Davis today.

Club orthopedist Dr. Charles Silberstein has been compiling and evaluating reports from all of the specialists that Davis visited on his recent medical fact-finding tour.

Team officials indicated that Silberstein would have a recommendation today or tomorrow.

In the meantime, Davis continues to strengthen the shoulder muscle that atrophied when he damaged the spinal accessory nerve in his neck during spring training.

Vincent calls for restraint

Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent attended last night's game and commented on the recent rash of incidents between players and spectators.

"I don't think we'll see much more of that," he said. "If there are episodes where players think they are being abused by fans, they should go to the umpires and security people working the game. They can't take matters into their own hands."

Vincent said that the incident in which Cleveland Indians outfielder Albert Belle threw a ball at a fan "cannot be repeated."

"We are working hard to control the behavior of fans, especially as it relates to the consumption of alcohol," Vincent said, "but only in part to protect players. It is to protect other fans."

Club to review operations

President Larry Lucchino announced that the club will undertake a review of its business operations during the next several weeks.

L Outside management consultants will assist in the procedure.

"Recently, we have enjoyed a period of substantial growth and have become a somewhat different organization than we were a few years ago," said Lucchino. "In addition, we are about to move to our new downtown ballpark.

"This is the right time for us to look carefully at how the business side of our organization operates and to consider ways in which we can function better by improving our effectiveness and efficiency. We expect that an important result of this review will be to improve the quality of our services to our fans."

Hawkins joins A's

Pitcher Andy Hawkins, who has agreed to terms with the A's, joined the team last night.

He is expected to be activated Saturday when Oakland continues its road trip in Cleveland and may start that night although the A's have not named him officially.

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