- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2002

BALTIMORE The David Segui injury saga took another twist last night as the veteran designated hitter started and batted third for the Baltimore Orioles against the Cleveland Indians.
That came one day after the Orioles diagnosed Segui's left wrist injury as a bruised tendon with ligament damage, despite the player's claim he had been told the tendon was torn and would require surgery.
"According to the doctors, if David can manage the pain, he's been turned loose to play," manager Mike Hargrove said. "It's David's call, and that's what he wants to do."
Though he still maintains the tendon is torn, Segui decided to start last night's game, fully aware that further injury could occur.
"I feel good enough to play," he said. "If it blows out, it blows out. Somebody will be there to fix it. They put Humpty Dumpty back together, didn't they?"
Segui, who hurt the wrist sliding into Kansas City Royals catcher Brent Mayne on April 26, had missed five straight games and eight of the last 11. He told reporters Tuesday that he would likely need surgery to repair a torn tendon, necessitating a 6-8 week stay on the disabled list.
The Orioles, however, announced later in the day that Segui had suffered nothing more than a bruise with some ligament damage and that he would remain on the active roster.
The team will continue to allow Segui to seek another medical opinion, but to this point he has not requested one.
With his wrist bandaged tightly, Segui came to bat in the first inning of last night's game and flinched slightly when he fouled off the first pitch from Indians starter Danys Baez. He wound up striking out looking, then lined into a double play his next time up. Segui struck out swinging his third time up, grimacing twice as he fouled pitches off. He turned around to bat right-handed in his final at-bat, flying out weakly to right field.

Rivera out for year
Minor league pitcher Luis Rivera is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery Tuesday, the second time the right-hander has had the procedure in the last 14 months.
Rivera suffered a posterior labrum tear in his right shoulder while rehabilitating from the same injury that sidelined him all last season. Dr. Lewis Yocum performed surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles.
The Orioles' key acquisition in the B.J. Surhoff trade with Atlanta, Rivera originally tore his labrum during spring training last year. He was still rehabbing at the team's minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla., when he suffered the latest injury and last week was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL.

Extra bases
With three off days coming up in the next two weeks, Hargrove said he'll skip rookie right-hander Sean Douglass' next two starts and go with a four-man rotation. Douglass, who has an 8.49 ERA in three appearances, will pitch out of the bullpen, allowing Hargrove to stay with an 11-man pitching staff for the immediate future.
The Orioles acquired minor league right-hander Mike Drumwright from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named. Drumwright, a former No.1 pick of the Detroit Tigers, was 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA at Class AAA Pawtucket.


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