- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 2, 2001

BALTIMORE Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Alan Mills has left the team for personal reasons. The veteran right-hander's return remains uncertain.

Mills was not in attendance yesterday afternoon for the Orioles' game at Camden Yards against the Seattle Mariners. Manager Mike Hargrove said the 34-year-old left for "personal" reasons and declined to elaborate.

Hargrove could not give a definitive answer on when Mills will be back in uniform.

"I assume he'll be back [today]," Hargrove said following the Orioles' 6-4 loss yesterday.

Mills has struggled to regain his form of previous seasons since returning to the Baltimore roster in July after nearly a full year on the disabled list with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He has allowed five home runs in his last five outings, including a grand slam to Oakland's Eric Chavez on Thursday night.

In 14 appearances this year, Mills has a 1-1 record and 10.38 ERA. With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, his future with the Orioles is in doubt.[


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