- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2002

BALTIMORE Baltimore Orioles designated hitter David Segui, who appeared headed for the disabled list with a torn tendon in his left wrist, will now remain on the active roster after an examination yesterday by team doctors revealed only a bruised tendon and ligament damage.
That final diagnosis came at the end of a day filled with conflicting reports and a decided difference of opinion between player and ballclub.
Before last night's game against the Cleveland Indians, Segui said he had a torn tendon that would require surgery and would sideline him 6 to 8 weeks. But team doctors came up with a different diagnosis: a bruised extensor tendon and ligament damage, not serious enough to warrant a trip to the DL.
"It's something that the doctors feel he can play with, and we'll see where that goes," manager Mike Hargrove said. "While it is a bruise, it's a little more involved than that, and it certainly is much more painful than a bruise."
The veteran DH/first baseman hurt himself sliding into Kansas City Royals catcher Brent Mayne on April 26 and since then has undergone two rounds of X-rays, a magnetic resonance imaging test, a CT scan and a cortisone shot. And though Segui said he was told he has a torn tendon, the club still wanted him to see a team of doctors one more time yesterday at 5:30 p.m. before making a final determination.
During the game, the club announced that Segui had requested a second opinion of yesterday's diagnosis. A few innings later, that message changed to the bruise tendon and damaged ligament diagnosis, with Segui remaining on the active roster.
Following the game, Segui couldn't understand how his condition changed without his knowing it.
"I hear it's a bruise now," he said. "I don't know how it goes from a tear to a bruise."
Told that Hargrove hopes he'll be ready to play tonight, an agitated Segui said, "If it's only a bruise, then let's go play."
Segui was on the field from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. taking batting practice with his teammates, though earlier in the day he appeared resigned to the fact that he was headed for the DL for the third time in two seasons. "I just want to get it fixed so I can play," he said.
Signed to a four-year, $28 million contract prior to last season, the 35-year-old Segui played in only 82 games and underwent offseason surgery on his left knee. He came back this spring healthy and is batting .298 with two homers and 15 RBI in 23 games.
"David has played with a lot of injuries, and saying it's just a bruise kind of paints it like he doesn't play unless he's 100 percent. That's not true," Hargrove said. "David is as tough a player and as hard-nosed a player as I've ever been around."

Johnson close to return
Right-hander Jason Johnson, on the 15-day DL with a fractured right middle finger, likely won't return by this weekend as he originally hoped, but he said he's close to coming back.
Johnson, who hurt himself April 25 during a routine bullpen drill, originally said he wanted to return by May 10. "I still want to, but it's probably a little bit optimistic," he said. "I probably need to do some throwing first."

Gil's back
Catcher Geronimo Gil returned to the starting lineup last night after missing seven games with a strained right hamstring and left groin. Though the team did not make a roster move prior to the game, third-stringer Izzy Molina is likely headed back to the minors after his brief emergency call-up.


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