Baltimore Orioles left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes was hit on the tip of his left index finger while trying to field a ground ball in the fourth inning today. X-rays were negative, but Rhodes stayed behind when the team traveled to Kansas City tonight, and will be examined by a hand specialist Monday.

"It's just a bruise," Rhodes said. "It's like a jam-bruise."

Rhodes's feet appeared to become entangled as he tried to field Chris Singleton's ground ball. He reached down with both hands, but could not make the play. He got up from the ground shaking his left hand.

Hoping to stay in the game, Rhodes threw three warmup pitches. The first two -- both fastballs -- were fine. But when he tried to throw a slider, he felt discomfort.

"He said, `It bothers me when I throw a breaking ball,' " said Manager Ray Miller. "I wanted to say, `Well, don't throw any breaking balls.' "

Rhodes was in the game in relief of starter Mike Mussina, who left the game in the third inning after being struck on the right shoulder by a line drive.

"I would have to say we haven't been very fortunate, and I haven't been very fortunate," Miller said. "But it's something you deal with. . . . The guys have been resilient all year. It's been kind of heart-wrenching, but I haven't seen anyone quit."

Fetters to Rochester

Reliever Mike Fetters, who has been on the 60-day disabled list since surgery on his right elbow in June, said he will begin a rehabilitation assignment with Class AAA Rochester on Monday. The plan is for Fetters to rejoin the Orioles when rosters expand on Sept. 1. . . .

Former Orioles slugger and current bench coach Eddie Murray and former general manager Frank Cashen were inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in a ceremony before the game. . . .

Because of Friday's rainout and Saturday's subsequent doubleheader, fifth starter Doug Linton will start again Wednesday in Kansas City on three days' rest. . . .

Left fielder B.J. Surhoff hit his 24th home run of the season today in the seventh inning, and finished the series 6 for 15 with two homers.