Until this year, Rick Krivda's ascent toward the majors had been unfettered.
So, when Scott Klingenbeck was summoned to the Orioles from the Double-A Bowie Baysox this June and Arthur Rhodes was called up from the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings this July, Krivda made it known that he felt slighted.
He was pitching very well for Rochester on both occasions and expressed his frustration by saying, "I guess they don't want me" and "I feel picked over."
But the Orioles certainly haven't forgotten Krivda, a left-hander who is 41-18 since signing in 1991 as a 23rd-round draft choice.
"We don't blame guys for saying things," said assistant general manager Doug Melvin. "Every time a move is made, somebody is unhappy. But sometimes circumstances don't allow you to make a certain move [for instance, a pitcher's rotation turn should match the Orioles' need]. Rick has pitched well and pleased us with his progress, but he hasn't had a full year at Triple-A."
Krivda said: "Some of those things I said just came out the wrong way. You try to be open and honest about it, but maybe I'm too much so. Maybe I should count to 10 before I speak."
Time has softened the sting.
"I'm not really frustrated by not being called, but I am a little disappointed. I just can't let it bother me," he said. "But I do believe in myself and you want to let them know when they call somebody, you want to be him. You have to look like you want it."
Red Wings manager Bob Miscik said Krivda is impatient "because he's had a lot of success and stacked a lot of building blocks. But there are better ways to handle the situation, like Tom Bolton and Jamie Moyer did when they were here. They were positive, acted like pros."
Meanwhile, Krivda's performance has slipped. He has lost three of his past four decisions, including a no-decision during which he gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Jack of all trades
Jack Voigt will spend a lot of his playing time at Bowie in the infield.
Voigt joined the Baysox this week, choosing the assignment over an option to Rochester because Bowie is geographically close to Baltimore.
"He'll probably play a couple of games a week at third, a couple at first and a couple in the outfield," Melvin said. "That way, he can learn the other positions a little better, get his at-bats in every day and if we need somebody at any of those spots, he'll be ready."
With Clayton Byrne out with a pulled groin, Rob Lukachyk probably will stay in left field when Voigt is in the infield.
The Baysox, who began play last season, have had four alumni reach the majors.
The latest is pitcher Erik Schullstrom, who was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins last August to complete the deal for third baseman Mike Pagliarulo. Schullstrom spent the first 3 1/2 months of this season in Double-A and Triple-A and was called up last week to Minnesota. Going into last night, he has pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings.
Two other ex-Baysox are in the majors: Jeffrey Hammonds with the Orioles and Rule V draft choice Jose Mercedes, who has a 1.75 ERA for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Klingenbeck, who beat the Detroit Tigers in a cameo starting role for the Orioles in June, is back at Bowie and nursing a sore elbow.
This and that
In Brad Pennington's second start for the Red Wings, the converted reliever gave up three homers and nine runs in three innings and lost, 13-4. He is 1-1 with a 7.88 ERA since moving into the rotation. . . . Rochester's Jason Satre was 3-7 with a 5.31 ERA as a starter but is 1-0 with an 0.84 ERA in eight relief appearances. . . . Rhodes is 3-0 with a 2.19 ERA since returning to Rochester. . . . Damon Buford has 12 homers in 72 games this year. In 400 previous pro games, he hit only 14. . . . T. R. Lewis, out since May 29 with a broken hand, was activated by Rochester. . . . The Frederick Keys' Chris Lemp won the Single-A Carolina League All-Star Game despite giving up the tying run in the top of the ninth. Kimera Bartee went 2-for-3 with a double. . . . Outfielder Keith Eaddy has rejoined the Keys from the Single-A Albany Polecats, and infielder Howie Clark was promoted to replace disabled shortstop Jeff Michael. . . . Salisbury is accepting entries to name the team. Mail them to Salisbury Professional Baseball Club, P.O. Box 1557, Salisbury, Md. 21802.