Tom Lasorda has been ejected three times in 48 games this season, the latest episode being Wednesday night in New York when both Lasorda and pitcher Tim Belcher were thrown out for allegedly throwing at a batter intentionally. While in New York, Lasorda met with Ed Vargo, the National League's supervisor of umpires, to state his contention that selected umpires are ejecting him without reason. "In my opinion, I didn't deserve any of them," Lasorda said. "On the two (ejections) before the other night, I didn't use any profanity, nothing worthy of that. I don't know what it is." . . . Charlie Williams and Randy Marsh were the umpires who ejected Lasorda before he automatically was thrown out when Belcher hit the Mets' Kevin Elster on Wednesday.
Lasorda said he is not certain whether Belcher, who pitched only two innings on Wednesday, will be used out of the bullpen to stay sharp before his next start on Tuesday night against Houston. "I'll have to talk to (pitching coach) Ron (Perranoski) about that," Lasorda said. . . . Friday night, the Dodgers and IBM Corporation, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unifed School District, hosted 1,000 Southland high school students who have displayed positive attitudes. Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser is the honorary chairman of the event.
Red first baseman Nick Esasky was activated from the disabled list before Friday night's game. Leo Garcia was optioned to the minors. . . . Former Dodger Ken Landreaux, still looking for a job, said he is close to signing with Aguas Caliente, a team in the Mexican League. Dodger scout Mike Brito made the suggestion to Landreaux, 32, who was not resigned by the Dodgers after last season. "I might be through with American baseball," Landreaux said. "I can't even go to Japan. My agent says they don't want me, either."
The Dodgers' trio of short relievers--Jesse Orosco, Jay Howell and Alejandro Pena--has been used extensively in recent games, especially Orosco and Howell. But assistant trainer Charlie Strasser said all three are available for the series against the Reds. Orosco pitched two scoreless innings against the Mets Tuesday and two-plus innings for the first time this season Wednesday night. "When you pitch that much for the first time in a while," Strasser said of Orosco, "you have a little more stiffness. But it's nothing we're concerned about."
Fred Claire, the Dodgers' executive vice president, said the team chose right-handed pitcher Bill Bene from Cal State Los Angeles fifth overall in the first round of Wednesday's free agent draft, ahead of touted third-base prospect Robin Ventura of Oklahoma State, because he felt Bene was the best athlete available. It was speculated that the Dodgers would select Ventura, considered a top prospect.
Bene, on the other hand, is a risk. He had a 6-3 record with a 5.80 ERA for Cal State Los Angeles this season and had more walks (51) than strikeouts (45). But the Dodgers were wooed by Bene's fastball, reportedly clocked in the 90 mile-per-hour range. "Our feeling was just to take the best player with the most potential," Claire said. "(Bene) has maybe the best arm in the country." . . . Hershiser (7-2) opposes the Reds' Ron Robinson (2-4) today at 12:15.