- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 18, 2002

BALTIMORE Three weeks of conflicting opinions and player/management disputes about one sore wrist finally came to an end yesterday when the Baltimore Orioles announced that designated hitter David Segui will undergo surgery.

Segui had his injured left wrist examined yesterday by Dr. Thomas Graham of the Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital, and the independent doctor diagnosed "a torn triangular fibrocartilage complex with an additional injury to the ECU tendon and its sheath."

Segui has maintained since he hurt himself sliding into Kansas City Royals catcher Brent Mayne on April 26 that he has a torn tendon.

No matter how the injury is defined, what was agreed upon yesterday was that Segui will undergo surgery on Tuesday, which could keep him out 10 to 12 weeks.

"It's probably a relief for everybody," manager Mike Hargrove said. "You try to see if you can get by without having surgery and without taking more dramatic action. But obviously this wasn't working."

Despite Segui's claims all along that he needed surgery, Orioles team doctors originally came up with a less-severe diagnosis and allowed him to remain on the active roster. But the pain Segui felt when swinging a bat was clear, and he only played in six of Baltimore's 17 games since the injury occurred (going 3-for-23 at the plate).

During that time, Segui was critical of the organization for its handling of the injury and for preventing him from having the surgery sooner. He requested a second opinion this week and had a magnetic resonance imaging test taken for Graham on Thursday.

"I already knew what it was," Segui said yesterday. "I already knew what I needed to do.

"Of course it's frustrating," he added. "That's two weeks we could have been into the recovery process."

Segui, 35, was to be placed on the disabled list at the conclusion of last night's game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The team's projected recovery time of 10 to 12 weeks wouldn't have him back in uniform until late July or early August, but Segui has hopes of a quick return.

"I've always healed faster than the doctors expect anyways," he said. "So whatever amount of time they speculate, I plan to be back before that."

In 26 games this season, Segui is batting .263 with two homers and 16 RBI. Signed to a four-year, $28 million contract in December 2000, he missed 80 games last season due to a variety of injuries, most notably a left knee ailment that required offseason surgery.

Garcia up, Molina down

The Orioles recalled outfielder Luis Garcia from Class AAA Rochester yesterday and outrighted third-string catcher Izzy Molina to Class AA Bowie.

Molina, who appeared in just one game since being called up on May 3, cleared waivers and was taken off the 40-man roster, opening up a spot for someone to take Segui's place.

Garcia, who began the season with the Orioles and made two pinch-running appearances, gives Hargrove a switch-hitter with speed off the bench.


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