- The Washington Times - Friday, June 29, 2001

TORONTO Still feeling the effects of a collision with an outfield wall 10 days ago, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson left the team yesterday to have his right shoulder examined by team orthopedist Michael Jacobs.
Anderson was originally scheduled to bat leadoff yesterday against the Toronto Blue Jays but arrived at SkyDome with stiffness in his shoulder. He informed manager Mike Hargrove about an hour and a half before the game, then quickly packed his bags and left to catch a flight to Baltimore.
Anderson was due to have an MRI yesterday and is expected to rejoin the team today in Chicago. While conceding that the injury could land the veteran on the disabled list, Hargrove did not consider it that serious.
"Anytime you have something checked by the doctor like that, it's potential DL," he said. "But I would be surprised if that's what it turns out to be."
Anderson hurt himself trying to make a leaping catch against the out-of-town scoreboard at Camden Yards on July 19. He sat out a couple of games but returned to his regular playing schedule, appearing in four straight games before his planned day off Wednesday.
Anderson's departure left Baltimore with virtually no available bench players yesterday. Mike Kinkade remains out with a bruised left thumb. Cal Ripken rarely serves as a pinch-hitter or late-inning replacement. And Brook Fordyce, the backup catcher with Fernando Lunar starting yesterday, also would be used only in an emergency.
Conine seeing stars?
A few weeks ago, Jeff Conine didn't have enough at-bats to qualify for the American League leaders' list, and the thought of Baltimore's versatile veteran making the All-Star team was out of the question.
But having started 37 games in a row, Conine has the required 3.1 at-bats per team game to qualify and is popping up all over the leader boards. Entering yesterday's game, he was seventh in the AL with a .333 batting average, ninth with a .407 on-base percentage and fourth with a .431 batting average with runners in scoring position.
Jeff Conine: All-Star left fielder/ right fielder/first baseman/third baseman/DH?
"All I can say is it's not up to me," said Conine, who was MVP of the 1995 All-Star Game while a member of the Florida Marlins. "Where would they play me? I guess I could play five different positions. That would be cool."
Hargrove, the AL's All-Star manager in 1996 and '98, knows the odds are against Conine.
"I think he certainly warrants consideration," Hargrove said. "There are always really deserving guys left off every year. I hope it doesn't happen to Jeff, but we'll just have to wait and see."
Extra bases
Orioles hitting coach Terry Crowley did not make the trip to Toronto for personal reasons. He'll rejoin the team today in Chicago… . Asked whether Anderson would have an MRI on his shoulder, Hargrove replied, "I'm not a doctor. But I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night."

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