- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 14, 2002

BALTIMORE David Segui was back in uniform yesterday taking ground balls with his Baltimore Orioles teammates. If only he could have joined them in the batting cage.
Nearly eight weeks removed from surgery on his left wrist, Segui has just one more hurdle to clear before he feels he'll be ready to return.
"It feels good but not great, not good enough to swing a bat," the designated hitter/first baseman said. "That will be the only indication. When I can swing, I can play."
When Segui underwent surgery May 21 to repair a torn tendon and cartilage damage in his left wrist, doctors predicted it would take 10-to-12 weeks to recover. At the time, Segui said he expected to be back sooner than that.
But he figures to need at least a couple of weeks of batting practice before being activated off the disabled list, which would place his return no sooner than Aug. 1.
Segui has played in just 26 games this year, including seven starts at first base. By contrast, Jay Gibbons (Baltimore's regular right fielder) has started at first 11 times, and rookie Jose Leon (a third baseman by trade) has done so 10 times.

No word on or from Richard
The Orioles are still awaiting the results of an MRI exam taken this week on outfielder Chris Richard. Dr. Lewis Yocum is expected to have a diagnosis back to the team by tomorrow.
Richard has been out all season after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder. He began a rehab assignment last week and had hopes of returning before the end of the month but had to shut down after just two games at Class AA Bowie and one at Class A Aberdeen after complaining of soreness in the shoulder.
"Did that set him back? I don't know," manager Mike Hargrove said. "Common sense would say yes, but I don't know how much. We'll get it diagnosed from the doctor and get a recommendation from him."
Richard was back in the Orioles clubhouse yesterday, but he was mum on the subject, declining to speak to reporters.

Lineup changes
Facing one of the top left-handers in the game in Oakland's Barry Zito last night, Hargrove sat regulars Jay Gibbons and Chris Singleton, both of whom have been struggling against lefties.
Melvin Mora moved from left field to take Singleton's place in center last night, which allowed Marty Cordova to make a rare appearance in the field and newcomer Luis Lopez his first appearance in an Orioles uniform.
Cordova, who has been bothered by a right foot injury (plantar fasciitis) for a while, had served as Baltimore's DH for 13 straight games but was feeling well enough to start in left field last night.
"I think it's as good as it's going to be," Hargrove said. "On the daily injury report, it hasn't been a major concern lately, so hopefully it's getting better."
Lopez, meanwhile, batted second and served as DH. The 31-year-old infielder was called up from Class AAA Rochester on Friday.

Extra bases
Hargrove backed off his previous prediction that first baseman Jeff Conine would be ready to return from a strained right hamstring by the end of the weekend. "It may be longer than that," he said.
Bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks will return to the club today after missing two games to attend his son's wedding in New York.


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