MESA, Ariz. — Yvonne Sconiers, the mother of missing Angels' first baseman Daryl Sconiers, said Thursday that her son is fine, but that she did not know where he was or when he would report.
Sconiers has missed seven workouts and been fined $1,715.
Reached at her Fontana home, Sconiers' mother said: "I talked to my son on the phone last night, and he said he was fine. I can't tell you where he is or when he will be there, but I hope it can be soon. There's nothing more I know."
Said Sconiers' attorney, Nick Lamprose of San Jose:
"I've asked the family to please have him call me if they hear from him, but he hasn't. I'm as much in the dark as anyone.
"It's frustrating for me because whatever Daryl is doing, this is definitely not positive for his career."
Asked if he had considered bringing in investigative help, Lamprose said:
"That's an option I've left to the family. They know Daryl better than I do. They're concerned, but so far it's an option we haven't exercised."
Said Angels' General Manager Mike Port:
"Whatever my mood was at the outset, I'm now definitely concerned, but what do I do? I still have to hang my hat on the fact that he knows where to contact us, and for whatever reason, he doesn't want to. I mean, if he is indeed fine, then why isn't he here?"
Asked if the club would consider hiring an investigator or asking police assistant, Port said: "That's something for Sconiers' family or his attorney to decide. If I hire an investigator it will be to find a pitcher."
Brian Downing's two-run triple was the big hit in a simulated intrasquad game Thursday, the club's first . . . Eight pitchers were used: Mike Witt, Ron Romanick, Donnie Moore, Tony Mack, Frank LaCorte, Jim Slaton, Kirk McCaskill and Curt Kaufman. "They were all good," Manager Gene Mauch said, "but Witt and Romanick were outstanding." . . . Moore, the reliever drafted from Atlanta as compensation for the loss of Fred Lynn, had arthroscopic knee surgery in November and began throwing only a week before he reported to camp. "I feel pretty good," he said, "but I'm still behind. I don't really have any pop on the fastball, but it will come--I hope." . . . On his knee, which he is strengthening on an exercise bike, Moore said, "There was some stiffness the first few days (in Arizona) but that was to be expected. There's been no real problem." . . . Mauch continued to express enthusiasm regarding the Angels' farm crop. This time he praised infielders Mark McLemore, Wally Joyner, Jack Howell and Bill Merrifield, and outfielder Devon White. "If you watched the game closely," he said, "you know why I came back from the Arizona Instructional League (in November) so excited. They're going to be players."