Davis re-making medical rounds


NEW YORK -- Glenn Davis completed another round of examinations yesterday, but there is still no definitive word on how much progress he's made.

The slugging first baseman has been on the disabled list with a neck injury for almost three months. Although some improvement has been noted, Davis is still a long way from being able to do the everyday things necessary to return to the lineup.

Davis was examined yesterday by Dr. Andrew Weiland, one of the doctors he saw on May 1. Before coming to New York, he was examined in California by Dr. Robert Watkins, who also saw Davis shortly after he went on the disabled list.

"These examinations are to determine how his rehabilitation is coming," said Orioles general manager Roland Hemond. "Glenn will return to Baltimore to continue his work during the All-Star break, and then will accompany the team on the West Coast trip."

During that trip Davis will be examined again by Watkins. Hemond said the examinations showed increased strength in the shoulder area affected by the injury, but admitted there was still no way to predict when Davis might be able to play again.

* DEWEY DECISION DUE: It is still uncertain whether Dwight Evans will be reactivated when the Orioles resume play in Oakland on Thursday. The veteran outfielder has been disabled with a sore Achilles' tendon.

"One day he feels better, the next day it's sore," said manager John Oates. "I don't know whether he'll be ready or not."

Initially, the Orioles did not think Evans' injury would take this long to heal. They put him on the disabled list more as a precautionary measure than anything else -- only to find out that he needed more than the allotted 15 days.

Evans was eligible to come off the disabled list a week ago Saturday, and when he wasn't ready, club doctors figured he'd be better off staying out longer and taking advantage of the All-Star break.

* D.J. ON A SPIN: If Dave Johnson had been this successful in the minor leagues a few years ago he might have gotten to the big leagues sooner. In his second rehabilitation start for Hagerstown yesterday, Johnson pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits to the London Tigers.

It ran Johnson's Eastern League scoreless-inning streak to 11 and moved the righthander closer to a return to the Orioles' starting rotation. Oates has set his pitching rotation for the first five games after the All-Star break, meaning Johnson could make another rehab start in the minors. By then he should be ready and the Orioles should have a better idea about their rotation.

* FINALLY, A FIVE-GAME WINNER: Jeff Ballard became the Orioles' first five-game winner yesterday with a strong seven-inning performance. He allowed four hits in improving his record to 5-9.

Mike Devereaux had the big hit for the Orioles, a two-run homer over the centerfield fence to open the scoring in the third inning. Doubles by Sam Horn and Chris Hoiles and a double-play grounder by Bill Ripken accounted for the other three runs in the 5-3 win.

* THIS 'N THAT: Gregg Olson struggled to his 17th save, giving up two hits and a run in the ninth. The Yankees' first two runs came in the fifth inning, after Ballard had retired the first 12 hitters.

Mike Flanagan pitched a scoreless eighth inning. When the lefthander retired the first two hitters he faced on two pitches it gave him a remarkable run of eight outs on 11 pitches. He needed only nine pitches in two perfect innings Friday night.

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