BALTIMORE, JUNE 18 -- Tribulations have been coming in bunches around here lately. And even on a night when they battered Roger Clemens and beat the Boston Red Sox to end a five-game losing streak, today was no exception for the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles were to depart for Cleveland and the beginning of a six-game road trip late tonight without outfielder Phil Bradley, who suffered a lower back strain sliding into second base Saturday and spent his pregame moments this evening walking gingerly around the clubhouse in a decidedly uncomfortable, upright posture.
"This is about as far as I can go without a lot of pain," he said, demonstrating a bend that barely enabled him to touch his knees.
Meanwhile, pitcher Bob Milacki said he'll make his scheduled start against the Indians Tuesday despite tenderness in his right (pitching) shoulder believed to be a mild case of tendinitis.
Bradley's injury is more troubling, considering he's been one of the team's most productive hitters of late (14 hits in his past 33 at-bats). The injury came as he twisted awkwardly trying to break up a double play, and Bradley began experiencing back spasms Sunday. Steve Finley has started the last two games in his place.
No determination had been made by late tonight about whether Bradley would go on the disabled list. General Manager Roland Hemond said before the game Bradley would be examined by team physician Charles Silberstein and a decision made later in the evening.McDonald to Rochester
Pitcher Ben McDonald, with the blister on the index finger of his pitching hand greatly improved, will report to Class AAA Rochester Tuesday and start against the Richmond Braves on Wednesday. Amid indications he may be recalled for good if he produces two or three solid minor league outings, McDonald remained here tonight to watch Clemens pitch. . . .
Tonight's crowd of 31,582 made both this series (167,456) and this homestand (392,003) the best-attended in Orioles history.