Orioles Notebook

For Mora, Revival a Shot in Arm

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

BALTIMORE, July 22 -- Baltimore Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora ended the first half of the season in disappointing fashion, going 0 for 5 in a loss to the Boston Red Sox right before the all-star break. But since then, Mora has shown signs of rejuvenation, an upswing that might be tied to something else that happened that day in Boston.

Before the game at Fenway Park, Mora took his third cortisone injection of the season in a right shoulder that has been sore since spring training. Mora said the shot, in addition to the time off, has done his shoulder well.

"Maybe it's because I got some rest at the all-star break and the cortisone worked," he said this week. "But right now, I feel strong again."

Mora was 4 for 5 with five RBI in Baltimore's 10-8 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night. He is 12 for 24 with four home runs and 14 RBI since the all-star break.

"I see the ball better," he said. "I feel good at home plate right now and things happen."

Walker Appears Close

The Orioles may be close to activating reliever Jamie Walker (left elbow inflammation), who threw 25 pitches to hitters Tuesday. After facing teammates Brandon Fahey and Guillermo Quiroz, Walker said he felt strong.

"It felt good and I got a lot of pitches," said Walker, who has adjusted his mechanics to reduce stress on his elbow. "I might have thrown one or two pitches up in the zone, but it felt good." . . .

Shortstop Alex CintrĂ³n (hamstring) will begin a five-game rehab stint Thursday. Manager Dave Trembley said CintrĂ³n will spend 10 days between Class A Frederick and AA Bowie.

UP NEXT: Wednesday vs. Blue Jays 7:05 p.m. Guthrie (6-7) vs. Burnett (10-9) MASN, WTEM (AM)

Thursday vs. Blue Jays 12:35 p.m. Cabrera (6-5) vs. Halladay (11-7) MASN

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