Hammonds, Gomez to begin rehab in minors


The return of injured Orioles Leo Gomez and Jeffrey Hammonds appears within sight. Gomez will start an injury rehabilitation assignment with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings tomorrow and Hammonds will join the Double-A Bowie Baysox on Saturday in Albany, N.Y.

Normally, a rehab assignment could last weeks, but the minor-league season will end in little more than a week. So it appears likely both players will be back in action at the major-league level soon after the roster limit rises to 40 on Sept. 1.

Gomez has been out for more than six weeks because of a wrist injury that required surgery. Hammonds has been sidelined for three weeks with a herniated disk in his neck.

Fall League fodder

Orioles coach Davey Lopes will take six Orioles prospects with him when he goes west this fall to manage in the Arizona Fall League. Catcher Gregg Zaun, first baseman Paul Carey, outfielder Jim Wawruck and pitchers Jeff Williams, John O'Donoghue and Mike Oquist will play under Lopes for the Tucson Javalinas.

Anderson sits one out

Leadoff man Brady Anderson was out of the starting lineup last night, but not because of the stiff neck that sidelined him earlier in the week. Anderson was out because he is 2-for-25 lifetime (.080 average, 10 strikeouts) against Angels left-hander Mark Langston.

Designated hitter Harold Baines also got the night off. His lifetime average against Langston is .138.

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