BOSTON, JUNE 24 -- Any baseball player's goal is reaching the major leagues, but catcher Chris Hoiles is having mixed emotions about being with the Baltimore Orioles -- and so is Manager Frank Robinson.

Before today's game against the Boston Red Sox, in which he appeared as pinch hitter, Hoiles had made one start in two weeks and only five appearances since being recalled from Class AAA Rochester on June 4.

"I kind of wish I was in Rochester playing," said Hoiles, 25, who was leading the International League with a .394 batting average and was second with 10 homers. "But I'd rather be here. It's not like I'm sitting on the bench doing nothing. I'm going through the learning process everyone has to go through. I feel someday down the line I'm going to be in the big leagues and what I'm learning will be beneficial."

But asked how he might perform if given the chance to play, he said: "I don't know. The confidence I had is still there. But as far as getting in there and doing what I was doing before, I just don't know."

Today, batting for Donell Nixon with one out and none on in the eighth, Hoiles made his 16th plate appearance since his recall and took a called third strike.

"I don't know if it's fair to" Hoiles, Robinson said. It "may do him more harm than good {but} I think he can sit and play.

"There are so many people I have to get at-bats for," Robinson said, "it's difficult to get him into a game right now."

Robinson also has given little playing time to infielder Rene Gonzales (one appearance since June 13, no starts since June 3).Olson Gets a Checkup

Pitching coach Al Jackson chatted briefly before today's game with reliever Gregg Olson, who Saturday allowed a game-ending, two-run homer to Dwight Evans in the 10th inning. It was the first homer he had allowed since Evans hit one off him at Fenway Park on April 15, 1989 -- a span of 115 innings and 479 batters.

"Just checking to see if {Olson's} lost any confidence," Jackson said. "He's still strong that way, but you want to check with him every once in a while to make sure nothing happens. He's lost two ballgames in a week, and that's not going to happen too often."

Jackson's words of encouragement? "Cy Young lost ballgames, so what the heck?"

Jackson added: "I just think he needs a little better mix of pitches."

Jackson said he wants Olson, who threw almost nothing but fastballs to Evans and Tom Brunansky (a single before Evans's homer), to use his curveball more -- even when he is not throwing it for strikes.

"If you use four or five {fastballs} in a row, a hitter can really adjust," Jackson said. "He's not a control pitcher anyway."Finley Ready to Ride

Outfielder Steve Finley, who was hit in the back of the head by Roger Clemens in the ninth inning of Saturday's game, said he had "a little bit of a headache" today, "but nothing to speak of."

He was not in the starting lineup today, but he poked his head into Robinson's office before the game to say he was available. "The best to do when you fall off a horse is to get right back on," Finley said to Robinson.

"Yeah," Robinson replied, "but this time the horse fell on you."