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Astros Move Closer to Dodgers, 5-2 : Lasorda Grants Marshall's Request to Move to Right Field

June 08, 1988|SAM McMANIS | Times Staff Writer

"That's Tommy's decision," added Marshall, referring to where he and Guerrero play. "I just wanted to let him know how I was feeling. I also didn't feel I was getting the most out of myself offensively. But I don't know what the future holds."

Dodger Notes

The Dodgers are not certain how long Pedro Guerrero will be out with a pinched nerve in his neck, a condition trainer Bill Buhler described as arthritic. Could Guerrero be out as long as two weeks? "There's always that possibility, but we don't know now," Buhler said. "He's listed day-to-day." Guerrero was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins Tuesday and underwent treatment. He was not at Tuesday night's game. . . . Mike Marshall is not receiving special treatment for his back, according the Buhler, though Marshall says the strain on his back was his primary reason for requesting the shift to right field. "He does his back exercises, but I'm sure occasionally he has problems. Playing in the infield, you're more aggressive than if you play in the outfield," the trainer said. Marshall had made only 2 errors in 50 starts at first base, successfully making the transition from the outfield. "I realize I've played well at first base, but it was a decision I thought about and had to let Fred (Claire, the executive vice president) and Tommy (Lasorda) know about."

Shortstop Alfredo Griffin, out with a broken bone in his right hand, will be examined again today by Dr. Charles Ashworth. Griffin, who still is about three weeks away from returning, might be fitted with a hard cast if swelling has subsided. . . . The Dodger pitching staff, which has been roughed up lately, held a closed-door meeting with Lasorda and pitching coach Ron Perranoski before Tuesday's game. . . . The Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela (3-5) opposes Mike Scott (6-1) tonight at 7:35.

Don Sutton, who left Dodger Stadium without talking to reporters after Monday night's no-decision, said Tuesday he agreed with Lasorda's decision to remove him after he gave up only 3 hits and 1 run in 6 innings. "It was a decision by committee that made perfect sense," Sutton said. "I reached a stage in my pitches that, if I had given up a base hit, they would have brought in (Alejandro Pena) then. So, why not get him in there at the start of the inning instead of having him pitch out of a jam? Tommy, Perry (Perranoski) and I were in total agreement."

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