-- The reactions of Manager Lee Mazzilli and Melvin Mora on Tuesday night seemed to predict the Baltimore Orioles' third baseman would miss significant time because of his strained right hamstring. On Wednesday, both were optimistic Mora could return to the lineup this week. For now, he is listed as day-to-day.

"I don't want to go to the [disabled list]," Mora said. "Three days of rest and then we'll see how I feel."

Mazzilli seemed more relieved than anything. When Mora grabbed his leg after crossing first base in the eighth inning on Tuesday, the Orioles' manager sprinted from the dugout.

"Initially, you're thinking the worst," he said. "Today it feels better. Evidently he is better than he was" on Tuesday.

Trainer Richie Bancells said the team would wait to see how Mora felt after a few days of rest to see whether he will play this weekend.

"It won't be too long, at least that's how I feel," Mora said.

Surhoff on the Disabled List

Outfielder B.J. Surhoff was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left intercostal muscle, which is located between the ribs. Surhoff hurt the muscle early in Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies.

"It was fine on Sunday and it wasn't as good on Monday," he said. "We don't know what it is exactly yet."

Surhoff said he feels pain even when not doing baseball activities. The outfielder is flying to Baltimore on Thursday to be examined by team doctors.

"It's gotten progressively worse," Bancells said. "It's not unusual for this type of injury, but the fact that it's getting that way, we want to make sure the bone is not involved."

To replace Surhoff, utility player David Newhan was recalled from Class AAA Ottawa. "I don't want to see any of my friends hurt, but I want to be in the big leagues, that's for sure," Newhan said.