- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 30, 2001

CHICAGO The Baltimore Orioles made the trip across national borders Thursday night, flying from Toronto to Chicago for this weekend's series with the White Sox.

Brady Anderson took off in another direction.

Anderson left the team Thursday morning and returned to Baltimore to have his injured right shoulder examined. He was expected to see team orthopedist Michael Jacobs in time to make it to Comiskey Park for last night's game. Instead, he couldn't be examined until yesterday afternoon and now plans to fly in today.

"He's probably going to be, at best, on a limited-use basis for the next couple days," Hargrove said.

Anderson hurt himself June 19 crashing against the wall at Camden Yards but was able to play through much of the last week. The MRI taken yesterday revealed a form of tendinitis or, as Hargrove termed it, "just a bruise."

"It was a normal MRI, so as far as they know there's nothing structurally wrong with the shoulder," he said. "It's just a matter of the medication doing its work and him getting back."

Meanwhile, teammate Mike Kinkade, who also returned to Baltimore to be examined by Jacobs, was back and in uniform last night. Kinkade, who jammed his left thumb Saturday, received an injection and hopped on a plane to Chicago. He still wasn't available last night, though.

Neither Anderson nor Kinkade is expected to go on the disabled list, but the team hasn't ruled out that possibility.

"Not right now," Hargrove said. "But if this goes on much longer, it may be."

Ripken farewell tour begins

Retiring superstar Cal Ripken participated in the first of what likely will be many farewell news conferences on the road. Making his last appearance as a player in Chicago, Ripken stood in front of a throng of local media members and answered many of the same questions he fielded last week in Baltimore, when he officially announced his plans to retire at the end of the season.

Ripken, who started at third base and batted sixth last night, will be honored by the White Sox before tomorrow's game. The ceremony will include a video tribute, a presentation by former Oriole Harold Baines of a chair from old Comiskey Park and a vial of dirt from the infield and fireworks from the famed exploding center-field scoreboard (the first time a visiting player has been given that honor). The White Sox also will use bases emblazoned with Ripken's No. 8 and logos of the two teams.

Ripken received a standing ovation when he stepped to the plate in the second inning last night, waving to the crowd before grounding out to the pitcher.

Wasdin moves up

The Orioles purchased right-handed reliever John Wasdin following last night's game, optioning Jay Spurgeon back to Class AAA Rochester five days after calling him up.

Wasdin, 28, was 2-1 with a 3.28 ERA in five games at Rochester. A veteran of seven major league seasons with the Athletics, Red Sox and Rockies, he has a career 30-28 record and 5.15 ERA. He was released by Colorado on June 5 and signed by the Orioles three days later.

Spurgeon was called up Sunday as insurance for starter Josh Towers, who took a batted ball off his right hand in his last appearance but returned to make his regular start in the rotation last night.

To make room for Wasdin on the 40-man roster, Baltimore designated outfielder Eugene Kingsale for assignment. Kingsale, at one time one of the Orioles' top prospects, has 10 days to be traded or picked up by another organization. After that time, he can return to Rochester's roster.

Extra bases

With rookie shortstop Brian Roberts a late scratch after feeling ill all day and Anderson and Kinkade out, the Orioles' only healthy bench player was backup catcher Fernando Lunar. Roberts was in uniform and available in an emergency… . Left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan (elbow tendinitis) was available for the first time in 12 days, though Hargrove hoped to wait one more day before using him.

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