Hulett reactivated; Voigt sent down
The Orioles last night reactivated infielder Tim Hulett, who had been on personal leave since the death of his son Sam two weeks ago.
Hulett rejoined the club Monday and has been working out during the current homestand. He will be available to play tomorrow night against the Cleveland Indians.
"I expected it to be a little harder than this," Hulett said of returning to playing shape. "But I didn't get out of shape as much as I thought I would."
To make room for Hulett, infielder/outfielder Jack Voigt was optioned to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings after making one appearance with the Orioles as a pinch runner.
Patience with Milligan
Manager Johnny Oates is encouraged by the way his team is hitting lately, but he qualified his optimism. "We've got to get 'The Moose' going," he said.
The Moose is Randy Milligan, who is hitting .201 in his past 42 games and has only one extra-base hit in his past 26. But he is not down.
"I've struggled before, but I don't feel like I'm struggling that much right now," said Milligan. "I'm just not driving the ball very much."
Some biting comments
The Orioles' top draft choice from last year, outfielder Mark Smith, expressed embarrassment earlier this week while retracting a number of statements about Hagerstown that appeared in the Pasadena (Calif.) Star-News.
Smith was quoted by his hometown paper as saying Hagerstown is "brutal, and I think they just got electricity two years ago. The joke around here is if you can find a girl with a full set of teeth, you have to marry her. It's part of paying the dues, I guess."
Later, in an interview with the Hagerstown Herald, he said that he told the reporter those things in a joking fashion and never expected them to be printed.
As a friendly rejoinder, the Suns issued a release that announced "Area Dentist's Night" and featured Smith. Among the feature: half-price admission for wearing dentures, half price on all concessions if you have a full set of teeth, and free admission with a dated receipt from a dentist within the past five years.
Mark Williamson went four scoreless innings last night in his latest outing for the Suns, throwing 43 pitches to 14 batters. He allowed three hits, struck out two and did not walk a batter. The Suns went on to defeat New Britain, 3-2.