Shoulder forces McDonald back to disabled list


The setbacks continue for Orioles starter Ben McDonald. The right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with recurring tendinitis in his right shoulder, and reliever Joe Borowski (0-2, four saves, 4.50 ERA) was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

McDonald's injury is retroactive to July 20, so he could come off the disabled list as soon as Aug. 4.

McDonald's first bout with tendinitis put him on the DL from June 16 to July 14. He struck out eight in six strong innings against Kansas City in his return, but the tendinitis resurfaced after McDonald's July 19 start in Minnesota, when he gave up five runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings.

"It was the second day after my second start [July 19] when I knew the tendinitis was back," McDonald said. "You always have a tendency to rush back from an injury and I tried to get out there before I was ready. I'm hardheaded. I wanted to get out there and help this club. Hopefully, this time with some rest I can get rid of it."

Orioles manager Phil Regan said McDonald could throw on the side as soon as today, although McDonald said doctors have prescribed plenty of rest for his shoulder. The precise regimen for McDonald's recovery will be determined after meeting with the Orioles' medical staff.

"That's something I'm going to have to talk to the trainers about," McDonald said. "Does more rest mean not touching a ball, or throwing at 50 percent on the side?"

Krivda on way back?

McDonald's injury has forced Regan to alter his rotation once more. Regan said there is a "good possibility" Rochester starter Rick Krivda will be recalled to take McDonald's spot on Saturday against Chicago.

Krivda, who has a 6-5 record with a 3.19 ERA in Rochester, last pitched Monday. He made his major-league debut on July 7 in Chicago, giving up two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Krivda got a no-decision in his appearance against the White Sox.

Regan said starter-turned-reliever Arthur Rhodes is not a strong candidate to start on Saturday. Rhodes has allowed six hits and four runs in 13 2/3 innings of relief.

"I like the way Arthur is pitching out of the bullpen," Regan said. "I like to have a strong left-hander coming out of the bullpen. I like the way he is throwing."

Hoiles, Eichhorn improving

Not all of the news out of the training room was bad for the Orioles. Catcher Chris Hoiles and relief pitcher Mark Eichhorn are progressing ahead of schedule from injuries.

Hoiles was placed on the 15-day DL on July 17 with a strained left hamstring. Hoiles, who hit .400 with two home runs and eight RBIs in the nine games before the injury, ran sprints before last night's game, and he also took batting practice for the first time.

Regan said Hoiles' arm strength has not been hampered by the injury, because the catcher has been throwing regularly since he went on the DL.

"Everything feels good," Hoiles said. "But sometimes a hamstring can feel better than it really should. It may seem OK, when it is not really healed. If it keeps progressing like it is, I think I'll be more than ready to return by Sunday."

Eichhorn, who has not played this season after rotator cuff surgery in February, will not be back nearly as soon, but he could return to the Orioles in September.

He did not begin throwing at all until two weeks ago, and the Orioles believed Eichhorn would miss the entire year. But now they are revising that forecast.

"Eichhorn threw for 10 minutes at 60 feet and for three minutes at 100 feet, long toss," Regan said. "He did very well. He is coming along very well."

Eichhorn, 34, said his shoulder is stronger and more mobile than he expected it to be at this stage of his recovery.

"If I can help out this team in September, then I won't feel like this was a lost season for me," Eichhorn said. "It will all be worthwhile if we are in a pennant race when I come back. I feel like I can come back 100 percent, without any question."

Hammonds' injury called strain

Outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds also is fighting an injury, but his progress is less certain. The Orioles medical staff still is diagnosing Hammonds' injury as a strained trapezius muscle in his right shoulder after MRI results yesterday. Hammonds is scheduled to come off the DL on Aug. 2, but there is some doubt that he will be recovered by that date.

"I don't expect him to be ready that soon," said Orioles general manger Roland Hemond. "We'll have to see how he responds to treatment."

Around the horn

The Orioles and WJZ-TV are sponsoring travel and hotel accommodations for the family and friends of Leon Day to Cooperstown, N.Y., for the former Negro league star's induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. . . . The Brady Anderson Fund for local needy children grossed more than $30,000 at its autograph and memorabilia show on Monday.

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