KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ben McDonald said yesterday that he was happy with the way his strained right groin responded to Tuesday night's start, but he didn't say the injury has vanished entirely.
"It's a little sore, but it's not anything unusual," said McDonald, who had pitched into the sixth inning. "It's come a long way. It feels better than it did the day after I first hurt it and it feels better than the day after my second start with it."
McDonald jogged on it yesterday and will take his bullpen workout today in Boston, where the Orioles will spend a day off in preparation for a three-game series that gets under way tomorrow.
"I think we'll keep treating it because these things can linger, but I'm very happy with the way it felt," McDonald said.
Klingenbeck sent down
The Orioles returned Scott Klingenbeck to Double-A Bowie after last night's game. Klingenbeck, who beat the Detroit Tigers, 11-5, in his major-league debut last Thursday, had been kept on the roster in case McDonald needed early relief Tuesday night.
The club will recall another player before tomorrow night's game.
Palmeiro lacking votes
Judging from the first All-Star voting results released, the Orioles' two free-agent signings of hitters have worked out equally well.
Rafael Palmeiro ranks seventh in the voting among American League first basemen and Chris Sabo ranks seventh among AL third basemen. Palmeiro has received 30,244 votes, Sabo 28,929 votes.
Palmeiro ranks behind Chicago's Frank Thomas (175,201), Texas' Will Clark (153,634), New York's Don Mattingly (90,018), Kansas City's Wally Joyner (38,283), Toronto's John Olerud (36,258) and Boston's Mo Vaughn (32,619).
"Yes, I was surprised," said Palmeiro, hitting .344 with 12 home runs and 33 RBIs.
Palmeiro didn't have any quarrel with Thomas leading the voting.
"He deserves it," Palmeiro said of Thomas, who hitting .375 with 21 home runs and 50 RBIs. "There's no doubt about it. He deserves to start."
Cal Ripken led shortstops with 295,782 votes, nearly six times as many as Kansas City's Greg Gagne, who was running second in the voting. Chris Hoiles did not rank in the top eight among catchers and none of the Orioles outfielders was in the top 16 in the voting.
The Orioles' .996 fielding percentage leads the league. . . . Sabo continues to work out in the outfield, but manager Johnny Oates said he has not decided whether to use Sabo in left field at Fenway Park, with Brady Anderson moving to right. . . . The inside flap of the Orioles' media guide has the following saying (taken from an earlier headline in The Sun): "Sabo says he's O so glad to be 1." . . . Orioles pitching coach Dick Bosman attended his daughter Dina's high school graduation last night, leaving Oates as the team's pitching coach.
Has the organization given up on Rochester left-hander Brad Pennington? No. The proof? They could have acquired left-handed-hitting outfielder Dwight Smith from the California Angels for Pennington, but chose to keep him. . . . Former Orioles disabled listee Glenn Davis is batting .253 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs for the Omaha Royals, Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate. Davis has committed seven errors in 30 games. . . . Derek Brown, a shortstop/second baseman from South Hagerstown High School, was among the players the Orioles signed from last week's amateur draft.