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Hendricks Remains In Florida Post-Stroke

By Jorge Arangure Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 16, 2005; Page D08

BALTIMORE, April 15 -- Elrod Hendricks, a mainstay of the Baltimore Orioles organization for 37 years as a player and coach, suffered a stroke after Thursday night's game in St. Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and did not travel with the team to Baltimore.

Hendricks was admitted to a St. Petersburg-area hospital where he will remain for further evaluation. Hendricks, in his 28th season as bullpen coach, complained of numbness in one side of his body.

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"Our reports right now are good," Baltimore Manager Lee Mazzilli said. "But he's a little dizzy. So for precautionary reasons, he's going to get some tests done. So far, from what we know everything is okay."

Hendricks did not appear ill before the game. He joked with reporters and players, as is his custom before games. Reliever Steve Reed said Hendricks appeared fine in the bullpen but his demeanor changed in the last few innings.

"Late in the game he just got real quiet," Reed said. "At that time, you don't think anything of it."

Hendricks had complained of flu-like symptoms during the week. Coach Orlando Gomez, who will serve as bullpen coach in Hendricks's absence, said Hendricks had shortness of breath several times in the past few days.

"He's a special person to me, for sure," Mazzilli said. "It's just going to be a temporary thing just for a day or so and we'll see how things are. Obviously, our main concern is his health and what he went through a few years ago [testicular cancer in 2003]. But everything that we know, we think everything will be fine."

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