- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 13, 2002

From combined dispatches

Matos breaks left wrist
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Baltimore Orioles outfielder Luis Matos has a broken bone in his left wrist, an injury that will prematurely end his spring training for a second straight season.
Matos broke the hamate bone in his wrist and will be sidelined indefinitely. He was a long shot to make the team anyway, but the injury ended any chance he had of heading north with the Orioles.
Matos said he felt something snap in his wrist when taking a swing Saturday in an exhibition game against Texas. He completed the at-bat, but felt intense pain when swinging in practice on Sunday.
X-rays on Monday revealed the fracture. He will be examined by a team physician in Baltimore next week to determine if surgery is required.
Matos, 23, missed most of spring training last season with a dislocated left shoulder and did not return to action until August. This injury wasn't any easier to take, but Matos viewed it as the liability of his profession.
"It's tough to swallow," Matos said. "But you can't do anything about it. I can't be crying, I can't be mad."
Said Orioles manager Mike Hargrove: "These are two freak injuries, so I don't think you can stand here and say he's brittle. But certainly the last couple of years he's had a black cloud hanging over him as far as injuries are concerned."

13 players demoted
Baltimore's first cut of spring training sent 13 players packing, including pitchers John Stephens and Jay Spurgeon.
Stephens, 22, led Orioles' minor leaguers with 13 wins and 191 strikeouts while splitting time between Class AA Bowie and Class AAA Rochester.
Spurgeon spent six days with the Orioles last season but did not get into a game.
Other players cut: right-handers Mike Paradis, Steve Belcher and Juan Rosario; left-handers Matt Riley and Eric DuBose; outfielders Tim Raines Jr. and Darryl Brinkley; infielder Manny Del Rosario; catchers Eli Whiteside and Mike Hubbard; and first baseman Domingo Martinez.

Erickson beats Marlins
Scott Erickson allowed nine hits in six innings but was backed by four double plays, and Mike Bordick and Tony Batista homered to lead Baltimore past Florida 5-1.
Erickson, who missed the entire 2001 season recovering from elbow ligament surgery, allowed only one run in his longest stint of the spring.
"I threw mostly fastballs. As well as getting me into trouble, they got me out of trouble," he said.
Erickson gave up three hits and a walk in the first inning, but yielded only one run thanks in part to a 4-6-3 double play.

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