-- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, now two days into a 10-day suspension for violating baseball's steroids-testing policy, is eligible to return to the team Aug. 11, and three days later the team has planned a celebration at Oriole Park at Camden Yards honoring Palmeiro's historic 3,000th hit.
According to Spiro P. Alafassos, the Orioles' executive director of communications, at this point the celebration will go on as scheduled.
"As of right now," Alafassos said, "there is no change."
However, the giant banner that hung on the B&O Warehouse in right field -- saying "Congratulations Raffy! 3,000 hits" -- will be gone when the team returns from its week-long road trip next week.
"The banner was scheduled to come down before the weekend series against Chicago," Alafassos said.
"But because we have national television here, I asked to keep it so Fox and ESPN could show it. It was going to come down regardless. With the rain and sun the banner can't last that long out there."
Outfielder Midre Cummings, who took Palmeiro's place on the active roster, arrived in Anaheim, but was not in the starting lineup.
Cummings, who has spent parts of 10 seasons in the majors, was hitting .280 at Class AAA Ottawa. He is the Orioles' only left-handed hitter on the bench.
Arangure reported from Baltimore.