It is very unlikely Orioles reliever Arthur Rhodes will pitch again this season.
Rhodes threw yesterday for the first time in more than a month, and as of now he is not scheduled to throw again. Rhodes tossed lightly for five minutes and said the pain at the top of his left shoulder was aggravating him again.
"It felt strange," Rhodes said. "It didn't feel like I thought it would. There's still some pain in there. It felt worse than I thought it would. I really don't know when I'll throw again."
After coming off the 15-day disabled list in early August, Rhodes made two appearances but then returned to the DL on Aug. 6 with a recurrence of the shoulder inflammation. With the amount of rehabilitation necessary, Rhodes would not have been able to come back until the last week of the regular season at the earliest. Now, even that won't be possible.
"We'll probably have to shut him down again," pitching coach Pat Dobson said. "Obviously, the rest didn't do him any good. He's a very long shot to come back this year. We're not really counting on him returning."
Rhodes was one of the Orioles' top relievers the first half of the season, solidifying the left side of the bullpen with Jesse Orosco. He was 9-1 with a 4.13 ERA and had 62 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings.
Krivda ready to go
In all honesty, Rick Krivda will be starting the biggest game of his life today at Camden Yards in the thick of a pennant race and facing wild-card foe Chicago.
However, that's something Krivda has tried not to think about in the days leading up to his start.
"I don't want to think about it," Krivda said yesterday afternoon. "I don't want to put that pressure on myself. I know it's a big game, but I don't want to put any extra pressure on myself."
Krivda said he feels better now than he has all year. He finally got to pitch on a regular basis at Triple-A Rochester, making three straight starts. Krivda was used as a spot starter and a sporadic reliever with the Orioles this year.
He's well rested and excited to start for the Orioles.
"I want to go out there," Krivda said. "I had three good starts in a row and each start I got a little better with my location and command. I'm really looking forward to getting out there."
Devo isn't complaining
The Orioles' acquisition of Todd Zeile and Pete Incaviglia from the Philadelphia Phillies has cut significantly into Mike Devereaux's playing time.
Devereaux has not started since Aug. 27. He has just nine at-bats in the last 12 games. Devereaux said it's never easy to ride the bench, but it would be tougher if Zeile and Incaviglia weren't producing.
"They're contributing now, and they've done it in the past," Devereaux said. "With the experience they have it's different than if they were just trying somebody out.
"If things are working, it doesn't matter what time of the season it is. It's not like I'd be [upset] if I wasn't playing and we were 10 games out."
Despite the lack of playing time, Devereaux is hitting .318 (7-for-22) in his last 16 games after breaking out of a 2-for-29 slump.
Incentive cash register
Several Orioles already have cashed in on incentive clauses in their respective contracts, while others have a chance to make more money.
B. J. Surhoff made $75,000 for reaching 400 plate appearances and $100,000 for 500 plate appearances. With 525 plate appearances, he could earn more money for 550 plate appearances ($75,000) and has an outside shot for 600 plate appearances ($100,000).
Devereaux isn't playing much, but he is cashing in on those late-inning defensive appearances. Devereaux received $50,000 for playing in 90 games, and $75,000 for reaching 110 games, and with 113 games after last night, he has a slim chance of playing in 130 games ($100,000).
Jeffrey Hammonds made $15,000 for reaching 250 plate appearances, but, injured, he won't reach his incentive for 350 plate appearances ($15,000).
Scott Erickson has pitched 194 2/3 innings, and if he reaches 220, he'll get $50,000, and another $25,000 for 210 innings and 220 innings.
Alan Mills has pitched in 41 games, and by reaching all of his incentives has received an additional $60,000.
Orosco has pitched in 56 games and reached all of his incentives, worth a total of $250,000.
David Wells' 30th start last Friday was worth $100,000 to him, as was his 25th start, a total of $200,000.
In good company
Cal Ripken signed a ball yesterday that also contained signatures from Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Hank Aaron for a friend of owner Peter Angelos.
Brady Anderson said he once got a similar request to sign a ball that Ted Williams and some other Hall of Famers had signed. Anderson said he handed the ball back to the fan. "I wouldn't deface the ball," Anderson said.
Around the horn
Orioles starting pitchers have a 2.00 ERA over the last six games. . . . Last night's loss was only the White Sox's third in 11 games and knocked them out of the wild-card lead for the first time since Aug. 29. . . . Because of a plethora of late-season trades, the Orioles will be reshooting their team picture. . . . White Sox right-hander Jason Bere, who has been on and off the disabled list all season, will undergo elbow surgery Friday. Bere, who finished second in Rookie of the Year balloting in 1993, pitched 16 2/3 innings in five starts this season with a 10.26 ERA.
Pub Date: 9/11/96
Seeds of doubt in the Big Apple
A brief sample of what they're saying in New York about the struggling Yankees:
Newspaper: Daily News
Headline: Torre! Torre! Torre! (accompanied by an illustration of Yankees manager Joe Torre being bombarded with baseballs by oriole birds).
Writer: Mike Lupica.
Text: "We saw one kind of September last season under [Buck] Showalter. This one, under Torre, has a chance to be the most infamous September in the history of the franchise. . . . Everyone who works for him knows the routine. [George] Steinbrenner begins to carry on, and his face goes as white as one of those white turtlenecks he wears year-round, and he is finally lightheaded enough to believe it is still 1978, and his team is the one coming from behind. Not the one falling apart. . . . It is a team more talented than Showalter had, clearly. Now we find out, in the 20 games to come, if it is as strong as it was with people like Showalter, Don Mattingly, Mike Stanley and Randy Velarde in the room."