- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 17, 2002

JUPITER, Fla. David Segui may have merely strained his Achilles' tendon, necessitating a couple of days of rest and treatment. But given the first baseman's history of injuries, the Baltimore Orioles aren't going to take any chances with one of the most important members of their lineup.
"I certainly think we want to be careful here we're probably being more careful now than we would be during the season," manager Mike Hargrove said before yesterday's exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Segui remained at the Orioles' camp in Fort Lauderdale.
Segui, who played in just 82 games last year while battling through several injuries, including a left knee ailment that required offseason surgery, hurt himself while running to first base Friday night against the New York Mets. One of the best defensive first basemen in the majors, he has spent much of the time as a designated hitter this spring as the Orioles attempt to keep him healthy and in the lineup.
Segui was limping slightly in the clubhouse after the game and said he thinks he originally strained his Achilles' tendon earlier in the week. The team is referring to his status as day-to-day while he receives treatment.
"I think it'll probably be a minimum of three days, maybe as much as a week," Hargrove said. "We'll just see."
Last spring Segui tweaked a hamstring during a fielding drill at first base, an injury that appeared minor at first but wound up hampering him through most of March.

Maduro makes his mark.
Although Hargrove won't say it officially, Calvin Maduro appears to all but have assured himself the final spot in the starting rotation.
"He keeps doing well, but I'm not going to say any more than that," Hargrove said after Maduro pitched five scoreless innings in yesterday's 10-inning 2-1 loss to the Cardinals. "I'm not going to say he's in, I'm not going to say he's out. He hasn't done anything to hurt himself. We'll make that announcement when it's time to do it, but not before."
Battling with rookies Sean Douglass and Rick Bauer for the No.5 spot in the rotation, Maduro has allowed just two runs in 12 official spring training innings (he did give up a grand slam in a "B" game Monday), an 0.75 ERA.
Perhaps more telling is the fact Maduro is letting his defense do the work behind him. He issued his first two walks of the spring yesterday and has yet to strike anyone out.
"Every time I go out there, it's just me being myself and pitching my game," he said. "If I do that, I'll be in good shape. I'm not thinking that I have to show them something to get the job. If I be myself and do what I can do, then I'll probably be able to get a job in the rotation."

Extra bases
Jay Gibbons hit his second homer of the spring yesterday, an opposite-field shot off Cardinals ace Matt Morris, but St. Louis got a towering home run from National League Rookie of the Year Albert Pujols off Buddy Groom to tie the game and send it into extra innings. The Cardinals won it in the 10th when William Ortega drilled an RBI single to right off Kris Foster, ending the Orioles' winning streak at eight games. Foster now has given up 10 runs in 2⅓ innings (a 38.57 ERA), though Hargrove said the right-hander has been hampered by a sprained ankle for the last week. …
The Orioles plan to open the season with a 12-man pitching staff. Four bullpen slots appear to be locked up Groom, Willis Roberts, B.J. Ryan and Jorge Julio and at least one of two left-handers in camp John Bale or Sean Runyan should make it. That leaves two more open spots, with right-handers Foster, Chris Brock, Rodrigo Lopez and rotation candidates Douglass and Bauer in the mix. … The Orioles likely will make another round of roster cuts in the next three or four days.


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