Ben McDonald, who threw for 12 minutes Monday and felt no pain in his right elbow, will throw 20 to 25 pitches in a simulated game before tonight's Orioles-Royals game.
"It's like he's beginning spring training again," Orioles manager John Oates said.
* Third baseman Craig Worthington (hamstring pull) is reporting to Triple A Rochester today to begin a rehabilitation assignment. His successor at third, Leo Gomez, is 6-for-17 in five games since being recalled from Rochester.
* Oates wants to rest 39-year-old Dwight Evans as much as possible until his strained Achilles' tendon heals. The manager reasons that whenever the Orioles face a tough righthanded pitcher like Mark Gubicza, who mesmerized them last night, it's a good time to give Evans a night off.
* Cal Ripken was replaced at shortstop by Juan Bell in the ninth inning of last night's 11-0 loss to Kansas City. That marked the sixth time this season he has left a game early and the 25th time during his consecutive game streak that now stands at 1,466. He went 0-for-3, trimming his AL-leading average to .347.
* All of the 3,400 bleacher seats that went on sale for a mere 75 cents for Turn Back the Clock Day June 19 have been snapped up. A total of 31,000 tickets have been sold for the day that will feature events to make it seem like 1966, when the Orioles won their first pennant and World Series.