Without consulting either his doctor or Dodger trainers, Pedro Guerrero (pinched nerve in his neck) took batting practice before Wednesday night's game. Dr. Robert Watkins, the specialist treating Guerrero's injury, had told Guerrero to wait until after the All-Star break before trying to take batting practice. But Guerrero took several batting-practice swings, apparently without discomfort. "As far as I know, he did it on his own," trainer Bill Buhler said. "We talked about it before, and he knew about (the timetable). But I guess he felt good enough to hit." Buhler also said that Guerrero was supposed to be having daily traction treatments but had stopped them. "He didn't do it very religiously," Buhler said. "He just stopped coming in, and we stopped nagging him about it."
Guerrero had an eventful batting practice. One of his foul balls hit Liz Shanov, an ABC radio reporter, on the left side of the head. She was not seriously hurt and was given the ball--autographed by Guerrero. . . . Kirk Gibson would not elaborate on his plans during the All-Star break. He said he in a statement Thursday that he had declined a possible bid because he wanted to rest a hamstring injury. "Why is everybody so interested in this?" Gibson asked. "I'll be rested and ready to play when we get to Chicago. What I do is my business." . . . Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis attended Friday night's game. He sat behind the visitors' dugout with Sen. Alan Cranston.