Johnson expects Alomar to miss week But hurt 2nd baseman still holds out hope for All-Star appearance


Manager Davey Johnson said he expects Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar to be out a week with a sprained finger.

Alomar sprained the ring finger on his left hand while diving into first base headfirst in the first inning Saturday. Alomar released a statement yesterday saying he might try to play in the All-Star Game tomorrow despite the injury.

"The trainers said it might be a week before he plays," Johnson said. "Really, he'd only be missing four games if he's out for a week [because of the three-day All-Star break]. He's not going to be able to do nothing. The injury's on his glove hand. We don't want him to re-injure it."

The four games that Alomar would miss if he's out a week would be against New York at Camden Yards next weekend. The Orioles trail the Yankees by six games.

Alomar, who sat out with a splint on his finger, could not be reached directly for comment before last night's game because he was receiving treatment.

Alomar released the following statement:

"I received treatment [Saturday] and [yesterday] and my finger is feeling better. I will receive more treatment [today]. I will have nTC to miss the workout and arrive in Philly tomorrow evening. My hope is to be able to play on Tuesday because it's an honor to be on this team. It would be extra special to play with Cal [Ripken] now that we are teammates."

Alomar has played in every All-Star Game in the 1990s.

Hoiles plays on

Chris Hoiles said he was surprised to find out that the Orioles had recently put him on waivers.

Any team could have claimed Hoiles for a $20,000 fee, but none did. Hoiles still has 3 1/2 years left on the five-year, $17.25 million contract he signed before the 1995 season.

"I did [feel shocked] by the situation, but that's as far as it went," Hoiles said. "I'm not going to worry about it. All I can do is play. If I'm in the lineup, I'll play. If not, that's their decision. There ain't nothing I can do about it."

Hoiles did what he could last night, throwing out a runner stealing, and hitting a two-run go-ahead home run in the eighth inning. The 1-for-3 night boosted Hoiles' average to .224, with 12 home runs and 30 RBIs.

Falkenborg signs

The Orioles came to terms yesterday with pitcher Brian Falkenborg, their top pick in the June amateur free-agent draft.

Falkenborg, 18, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound right-hander, was taken in the second round out of Redmond (Wash.) High School. He is expected to report to the Orioles' Gulf Coast League team next week.

Falkenborg signed for $300,000 to $400,000, according to league sources. The deal was completed in Carson City, Nev., where Falkenborg is in a tournament.

"It took awhile to reach a deal, but he realized he really wanted to start playing pro ball and we wanted to sign him," said scouting director Gary Nickels. "That's how you reach an agreement. I think he'll move through our system pretty well. He's fairly advanced for a kid from the Northwest [not a baseball hotbed]. He's played against some quality competition."

O's one day, 76ers next

Ryan Minor, the Orioles' 33rd-round pick in the draft, signed with the team on Friday and worked out at Camden Yards yesterday.

Minor, a basketball star at Oklahoma, also was drafted in the second round of the NBA draft and he will report to the Philadelphia 76ers' rookie camp today. A third baseman, Minor will begin playing baseball in the Gulf Coast League in late July and will continue playing until he reports to 76ers camp in October.

Minor said he signed a three-year deal with the Orioles with a staggered bonus to entice him to stick with baseball. He said he will get half of his $100,000 signing bonus this year, and $25,000 for each of the next two years.

"That's an incentive to keep me playing baseball," Minor said. "It's not that big of a contract, but it's pretty big for somebody they're willing to take a chance on."

Minor said he is close to signing a guaranteed three-year deal with the 76ers for significantly more than the Orioles deal. He said the teams are willing to share his services and he will continue to play baseball around the basketball season.

"When I didn't go in the middle of the first round and I dropped to the second round [of the NBA draft], I thought, why not give baseball a shot," Minor said.

Crowding a record

The Orioles' four-game series with the Red Sox drew 189,344 fans, the largest attendance for a four-game series in team history. The Orioles also passed the 2 million mark in season attendance last night.

Pub Date: 7/08/96

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