Baltimore Orioles Manager Ray Miller predicted third baseman Cal Ripken, who missed his fifth consecutive game tonight with a bruised right wrist, would be back in the lineup Wednesday night in Boston.

Third baseman Ryan Minor, who has subbed for Ripken, was optioned to Class AAA Rochester after tonight's 4-1 victory over the New York Mets. The Orioles wouldn't say who would take Minor's spot on the roster, but indicated a trade was a possibility.

"I think Cal will go [Wednesday]," Miller said. "He could probably play today, but I want to give it one more day. He's going to double up on his hitting and throwing just to make sure he's okay. I want him to feel totally comfortable with it."

Ripken has not played since being hit by a pitch thrown by Montreal's Mike Thurman in the second inning last Thursday. It was originally feared he had broken a bone, which would force him onto the disabled list for the second time this season.

If the Orioles recall a pitcher from Rochester, it will be either Gabe Molina or Jim Corsi. However, club officials indicated other moves were being considered. General Manager Frank Wren has been shopping pitchers Juan Guzman and Arthur Rhodes, and has listened to offers for Scott Erickson. But a general manager who had spoken to Wren had the impression the Orioles intended to keep Erickson.

Wren said he has not attempted to trade either center fielder Brady Anderson or right fielder Albert Belle.

DeShields Remains With Bowie

Second baseman Delino DeShields, on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, will be playing at Class AA Bowie at least through Wednesday. He appears likely to rejoin the big league team Friday, when the Anaheim Angels come to Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

During two stints on the disabled list this season, DeShields has spent time at every level of the organization's farm system except one. He hasn't played for Bluefield of the rookie Appalachian League.

Leaning to the Right

With left-handed pitcher Al Leiter starting for the Mets tonight, Miller had two of his left-handed hitters out of the starting lineup. Rich Amaral started in center field for Anderson, while Harold Baines was replaced by Jeff Conine. Conine played first base, with regular first baseman Will Clark replacing Baines as the designated hitter. Miller had hoped to give Clark the night off, but he decided rest was more important for Baines.