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Hendricks To Remain In Hospital

By Jorge Arangure Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 17, 2005; Page E08

BALTIMORE, April 16 -- Baltimore Orioles bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks, who suffered a stroke Thursday, will remain in a St. Petersburg, Fla., hospital until Monday or Tuesday. Doctors are unsure of the cause of the stroke.

Hendricks, 64, was scheduled to begin work with a speech therapist Saturday.

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"I don't think he'll be back with the club in the short term until they know what caused it," said Orioles Vice President Mike Flanagan, adding that doctors expect a full recovery.

Class AAA Ottawa pitching coach Steve McCatty will serve as bullpen coach in the interim.

"I'll be answering the phone out there," McCatty said. "I don't think anybody can do Elrod's job."

Hendricks's condition might be worse had team trainer Richie Bancells not insisted he visit the hospital shortly after Thursday's game.

"Richie's rapid response greatly diminished the severity of the stroke," Flanagan said.

Bancells, who returned from St. Petersburg on Friday, said Hendricks is in good spirits.

Pitching Complications

Pitcher Eric DuBose, unable to pitch in games at AAA Ottawa because of a pending DUI case in Florida, will be sent to AA Bowie to make a start on Tuesday.

The Orioles aren't sure whether Sidney Ponson will be able to travel to Toronto because of his pending DUI case, also in Florida. With the current rotation schedule, he is slated to pitch next Sunday in Toronto.

Both pitchers were charged with driving under the influence in separate incidents during spring training.

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