- The Washington Times - Friday, July 26, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
BALTIMORE Chris Richard won't be joining the Baltimore Orioles tonight after all.
One day after announcing intentions to activate Richard from the 60-day disabled list, the Orioles were forced to cancel the move upon learning that the injured outfielder strained his gluteus muscle on what was to be the final day of his rehabilitation.
Richard, who had offseason surgery on his left shoulder, hurt himself during a fielding drill Wednesday night before Class AAA Rochester's game at Toledo. Still unable to throw a ball without shoulder pain, Richard has not played in the field and was expected to be a designated hitter or pinch hitter with Baltimore.
In 14 rehab games, Richard hit .390 with seven doubles, three homers and 15 RBI, which prompted the Orioles to say Wednesday that he would be activated and join the team for tonight's game in Boston.
Instead, Baltimore will recall Brian Roberts for the third time this year. The 24-year-old briefly took over for Jerry Hairston as the Orioles' starting second baseman in late May but hit .234 in 36 games and was sent back to Rochester on July 12.

Mark Zuckerman

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