- The Washington Times - Friday, May 17, 2002

CLEVELAND The Baltimore Orioles hope to make a health decision on David Segui today, after the veteran designated hitter has his injured left wrist examined by an independent doctor in Baltimore.

Segui underwent an MRI yesterday, the results of which were sent to Dr. Thomas Graham, a hand and wrist specialist in Baltimore who worked with Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons and his broken hamate bone last season.

Segui will meet with Graham today, to get a second opinion after team doctors diagnosed his injury as a bruised tendon and torn cartilage. Segui says he was originally told he had a torn tendon that would require surgery.

Graham's final diagnosis will determine whether Segui remains on the active roster or needs to be placed on the disabled list.

"We'll know cut and dry one way or the other," manager Mike Hargrove said.

Since injuring himself April 26 at Kansas City, Segui has played in six of 18 games. He sat out last night's game against the Indians, though that was in part because Cleveland started left-hander C.C. Sabathia and Segui has pain swinging right-handed.

If the team determines that he can play through the pain for the rest of the season, Hargrove said Segui will have to be available on a more regular basis than he has been, even if he only bats left-handed.

"I don't want to say [playing once every three or four days] is not acceptable, but it's certainly not high on the priority list," Hargrove said. "If we can keep him in the lineup every day and have him be productive just from the left side, that would be good enough for me."

Johnson ready for rehab

Right-hander Jason Johnson (on the DL since April 25 with a fractured right middle finger) threw a side session yesterday, and the team is about ready to send him on a rehab assignment.

Johnson will need to make at least two starts at either Class AA Bowie or Class A Frederick before rejoining the Orioles' rotation.

"We'd like for him to get a three-inning start and then a five-inning start," Hargrove said. "And if he comes out of that pain-free, then we have every reason to think he will be able to come back into the rotation. It may be that we want to go three starts, but the preliminary plan will be for two."

Singleton making strides

Center fielder Chris Singleton, who ended the month of April with a .165 batting average, has hit safely in six straight games, during which time he's gone 11-for-26 (.423) with four extra-base hits. Hargrove was particularly pleased with Singleton's third hit Wednesday night, which came off a breaking ball.

"Up until this time I haven't seen him be real consistent on his approach to breaking balls," Hargrove said, "but it looks like he's starting to settle in."

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