- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 8, 2002

BALTIMORE The Baltimore Orioles placed Calvin Maduro on the disabled list yesterday with a fractured bone spur and bone chips in his right elbow, an injury that likely will sideline the right-hander for two months.
The diagnosis came after Maduro was examined Thursday in Baltimore, and yesterday the 27-year-old revealed he has been pitching with the bone spur since last season.
"It would be an on-and-off thing," said Maduro, who is 2-5 with a 5.56 ERA this season. "I can't pitch like that and help the team like that. I have to feel like I'm ready to go every time and know that it's not going to bother me. I want to get to that point. I want to be completely healed."
Doctors have given Maduro two options: three weeks of rest to see if his arm heals naturally or surgery that would keep him out of action eight weeks. Maduro, who spent a large chunk of the 2000 season on the DL with a sprained elbow ligament, hasn't made a final decision, but yesterday he spoke as though he is headed for surgery.
"It's a relief knowing that if I do have the surgery, I will do better," he said. "It's a disappointment that right now I have to sit out at least six weeks or eight weeks. I want to be here."
Maduro pitched through the injury last season with little difficulty. But he aggravated it during spring training and began the regular season on the DL with what was called a strained forearm.
"Since that point, it's really bothered him off and on throughout the season," manager Mike Hargrove said. "It's been an ongoing thing. We kept thinking it would get better. It just never got consistently better."
Once activated, Maduro routinely struggled to reach full velocity on his fastball, which he explained was because of his tentativeness on the mound.
"I cannot extend [my right arm]," said Maduro, who lost his spot in the rotation after 10 starts. "In the back of my mind, if I do it like that it's going to hurt. So the way to prevent it from hurting is to shorten my arm, and that's why I don't have all of my speed."

Johnson ready to go
While Maduro was placed on the DL, right-hander Jason Johnson was activated and will start tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Johnson makes his return after spending the last six weeks on the DL with a fractured right middle finger, an injury that occurred during a routine "shadow" pitching drill on April 25.
Hargrove said Johnson, who will oppose Dodgers rookie sensation Kazuhisa Ishii, will be on a pitch count of about 80-85.

Extra bases
The Orioles will hold their D.C. Summer FanFest on June 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Farragut Square. Those expected to attend include Hargrove, Mike Bordick, Jeff Conine, Scott Erickson and Jay Gibbons.
Darnell McDonald and John Stephens were named the Orioles' minor league player and pitcher of the month for May. In 31 games split between Class AAA Rochester and Class AA Bowie, McDonald hit .307 with 14 RBI and eight stolen bases. Stephens went 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA at Rochester.


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