Cy Young winner Steve Stone was "ecstatic" today after the Orioles' team physicians told him that examination of his sore elbow showed no evidence of bone chips, nerve damage or calcium deposits. "To a pitcher, that's as good news as you can get," Stone said. "You've got pain but no permanent problem."
To Manager Earl Weaver, the news wasn't so good, since the examination by Dr. Leonard Wallenstein and Dr. Stanley Cohen did show tendinitis in the flexor muscles in the right elbow that could require a rest of 10 to 15 days.
"You call 15 days 'good news?'" Weaver needled Stone in the clubhouse.
"It good news compared to the stuff pitchers think about," answered Stone.
Stone will undergo whirlpool and ultrasound treatments and will be further examined by Dr. Charles Silberstein Tuesday. No decision will be made on Stone's status until after that.
Stone, who has a 2-3 record with a 4.72 ERA, has not been able to finish his last two starts because of elbow pain. He did not give up a run in the eight innings of those two starts and a one-hitter through six innings of one.
The 33-year-old right-hander is not looking forward to more visits like today's. "The doc stuck needles in my hand, my arm, my biceps, my neck," Stone told Weaver, rolling up his sleeve to show a bruise as big as a silver dollar.