The New York Yankees, saying they have had second thoughts about adding at least $850,000 to their bloated payroll, have canceled a physical examination for free-agent pitcher Donnie Moore that originally was scheduled for Thursday.
Moore, one of seven players who were granted free agency by arbitrator Tom Roberts last month, underwent back surgery in October, and Yankee General Manager Lou Piniella had requested that he undergo physical testing.
Last week, Piniella invited Moore to fly to New York but later, according to Yankee spokesman Harvey Greene, reconsidered and canceled the trip.
"The bottom line is that, with the recent additions on our roster, we decided we didn't want to take on another substantial salary," Greene said. The Yankees already have signed free agents Jack Clark ($3 million for two years) and John Candelaria ($800,000 for 1988).